England women safe despite Hurricane Matthew

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England women's captain Heather Knight has issued a statement from Jamaica as the team gear up for their ODI series against the West Indies and brace for the impact of Hurricane Matthew tomorrow.

The squad arrived in Jamaica yesterday and Knight has said they are unsure how hard the hurricane will hit the Caribbean island.

The skipper said: “At the moment there is a bit of uncertainty about how hard Hurricane Matthew is going to hit the island, but having seen all the weather reports over the last couple of days, we are aware that this is a serious event.

“It isn’t something that anyone would have anticipated happening while we were out here, but the main thing to stress now is that we are being very well looked after, and that we are safe. 

"The hotel staff have been brilliant, with several measures already in place to make sure that we are all ok. So thank you to everyone on the ground here.

The island is preparing for impact and training was called off on Sunday to allow everything to be prepared for what could be a devastating storm system.

Knight continued: “Training at the ground has been cancelled today as defensive measures are installed across the island, but we have been able to make the most of the situation and get a good gym session in, along with some fielding practice on the beach.

“At the moment, we don’t know how much of an impact Hurricane Matthew will have on arrangements for the series – it is too soon to look that far ahead.

“I know that our management team is in close contact with the Jamaican and West Indies Cricket Board, and that the situation is being carefully monitored, so we will just need to wait and see what happens over the next few days.

“Ultimately, the main priority is everyone’s safety – it is a worrying time for the Jamaican population, and we all hope that the local community stays safe over the next couple of days.”

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