After all, Captain Sir Tom Moore was a great cricket fan and he was particularly proud to become the ceremonial recipient of an honorary England cap, on his 100th birthday, last year.
As such, it was fitting that Root – and his team-mates – were wearing black armbands in India as they paid own tribute to Captain Tom and the inspiring example that he set with his NHS charity walk.
They, like us at the end of another difficult week, know that the Keighley-born war veteran’s stirring example, and words of hope spoken so sincerely, lifted the spirits of the nation in its bleakest weeks since the Second World War. But it is also heartening that so many – Joe Root included – have spoken of a desire to uphold Captain Tom’s values so tomorrow can, in fact, be a good day. Let’s hope so.
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