Professional cricket may have been left at a standstill due to the global Covid-19 pandemic but that hasn’t got in the way of the fans of the game ensuring they get their cricketing fill.
Had the series not been suspended, Joe Root’s side would’ve been taking the field for the second Test at Colombo on Friday roared on by the Barmy Army but sadly, as with the majority of world sport, cricket may be suspended for some time.
England’s cricketing summer is scheduled to start in early June with the arrival of the West Indies for a three-match Test series on home turf but whether or not that will go ahead remains uncertain.
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One thing that is certain is that the delay hasn’t dampened fans’ appetite for the game. We reached out on Twitter to ask supporters to share with us the ways in which they were keeping their love for the game alive, be it playing with the cat, getting a game going in the garden, or training your skills in your bedroom.
🚨 #BarmyCricket 🚨
We want to know how are you keeping your love of 🏏 alive?
Playing with your cat, in the garden, or on your own in the bedroom we want to see your videos using #BarmyCricket! 🎥
We have 2️⃣ Test tickets to giveaway to the best and most creative players..GO! pic.twitter.com/wKhRpcMUyp
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) March 18, 2020
We asked fans to post their clips on Twitter alongside the hashtag #BarmyCricket, with a pair of tickets for an England Test available for the most creative submission, and it is fair to say the response has been tremendous.
Our plan is to showcase our favourite clips on the website every single week. Here are some of the best we’ve seen so far…
#BarmyCricket no 2. Mini-bat and table tennis balls. Bit dangerous this one, it’s only day two and we have already broken the light shade (no more pull shots) @TheBarmyArmy @PayntrCricket @SixesANDwickets pic.twitter.com/7P3rQQECPM
— europaexilescricket (@europaexilescr1) March 19, 2020
— Sixes and Wickets 🏏 (@SixesANDwickets) March 19, 2020
— Adam Strange (@adam_strange) March 21, 2020
"14 hours stuck at Toronto Airport, had to keep ourselves entertained somehow…"
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) March 24, 2020
— Dan Benson (@danryanbenson) March 18, 2020
#BarmyCricket at its very best. 👏
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) March 22, 2020
— Mark Bisping (@markbisping12) March 21, 2020