England team visited by a three-feet long cobra during a practice session in Kandy
The two teams will meet in Kandy for the 3rd ODI on Wednesday.
Updated - Oct 15, 2018 9:22 pm
England’s tour of Sri Lanka has been a rain-marred affair. The two teams will play across the three formats but things got underway with the ODI series. The very first match couldn’t yield a result due to rain, the visitors won the second ODI which also had some intervention. As the two teams prepared for the third match, another natural force was spotted during England’s training session.
The visiting team was practising in Kandy as they will take the field for the 3rd ODI on October 17 and there was a three-feet long cobra spotted very close to the players. It was near the pavilion and the area where the nets were put up. Since it is the rainy season in the Island nation the snake was out in the open. The groundstaff got working and captured the poisonous snake.
They didn’t have professional snake catching equipment but went into it with whatever was available at their disposal. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) shared a video on social media where the guys are seen handling the snake with plastic rods and wooden stick. They successfully nabbed the predator.
The visitors were certainly surprised by this and rather cautioned. England team head coach Trevor Bayliss said that they need to be careful having spotted this snake. He said usually there’s a larger snake with a smaller one and this was certainly not large.
“If there is a small one there is usually a large one nearby,” Bayliss said.
Here is the video of the snake being captured:
A surprise visitor to training this morning… 🐍 pic.twitter.com/ETdHFMuQ2x
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) October 15, 2018
England’s tour thus far
England is one of the better limited-overs team in the circuit at the moment and is quite evident from the fact that they are at the top of the ICC ODI team rankings. Despite the fact that they are playing in the sub-continent, Eoin Morgan’s men have a better chance of winning the five-match ODI series against Dinesh Chandimal & Co.
They already have a 1-0 lead in the series and will want to extend it further on Wednesday.