Root urges public to stay at home and Buttler donates top to NHS

‘All of us can help stop it:’ Joe Root urges public to stay at home and Jos Buttler donates World Cup final shirt as England cricketers support NHS ‘heroes’ in coronavirus pandemic

  • England stars Joe Root and Eoin Morgan have voiced their support for the NHS 
  • Heather Knight has voluteered her services to NHS since coronavirus outbreak
  • Jos Buttler has even donated his World Cup final top to raise funds for hospitals

England’s World Cup winning cricketers have come together to raise awareness about the importance of staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

One-day captain Eoin Morgan – who lifted the trophy last summer at Lord’s – and Heather Knight – who led England Women to glory on the same ground in 2017 – have both taken to social media to highlight the role everyone can play in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Their teammates Joe Root and Anya Shrubsole have also reiterated the government’s guidance around only going outside for food, healthcare or essential work, and staying at least two metres away from other people at all times.

Joe Root (L) and Eoin Morgan have given their support to the NHS in coronavirus pandemic

England Women captain Heather Knight has volunteered her services to the NHS

Knight is one of three England Women players to have volunteered her services to the NHS during the pandemic, while Jos Buttler has donated his World Cup final shirt to raise vital funds for two London hospitals.

Buttler was the wicketkeeper who completed the decisive run out during the super-over victory against New Zealand at Lord’s, the act which secured England’s unforgettable first World Cup success.

The 29-year-old has now placed his final jersey on eBay. The profits raised will be given to the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Both hospitals are heart and lung centres on the frontline of the coronavirus response.

Jos Buttler is auctioning off the shirt he wore in England’s triumphant World Cup final last year

There has been well over 100 bids on the shirt with £50,100 the highest at time of publication

Test captain Root said: ‘The NHS are on the frontlines, doing everything they can to keep as many people as possible safe and well.

‘We shouldn’t need a reminder of how hard these heroes work every day, and how much we should support them, but I’ve found the nationwide rounds of applause to be really impressive.

‘As cricketers all we can do at this stage is to try and spread that message – stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. It really is that simple.

‘As a young bloke, especially, you might feel invincible but anyone can get Coronavirus, and anyone can spread it.

‘By not staying at home, you are increasing your risk of infecting a loved one. This affects all of us, but all of us can help stop it.’

Buttler removed the bails to claim the decisive wicket in last year’s final against New Zealand

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