Pulling into Edgbaston in his car on Thursday (May 21) morning ahead of his first individual training session since the COVID-19 lockdown began, Chris Woakes knew exactly what he needed to do and where he needed to go. Every little detail had been mapped out to ensure he didn’t come into contact with anyone. Woakes even had a dedicated toilet exclusively for his use. “It was very strict, as strict as it can be possibly be,” he said.
First up, Woakes had to take a temperature test at home using a thermometer provided by the ECB and then answer a number of “wellness” questions. “Is anyone in your family unwell? No. Are you feeling unwell? No. Are there any symptoms? No. Put your temperature in the app, and if all the questions are answered correctly, you’re free to go into training.”
One of the stipulations is that players have to drive themselves to the ground they are training at, wearing their kit so they don’t have to use any changing room facilities. Edgbaston is currently being used as a coronavirus testing centre so Woakes had been briefed as to what route he should take once inside the ground and where his designated parking space would be. He walked alone onto the outfield near the Hollies Stand.