England cricketers ride out wild weather
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England captain Heather Knight and her team were relieved to miss the worst of Hurricane Matthew - after spending hours stuck inside their team hotel in Jamaica while the storm approached.
Knight was able to confirm the Category Four hurricane, described as the strongest to hit the region in the past decade, centred to the east of England's base for the start of their five-match one-day international series against West Indies.
"We've been very lucky with the hurricane, and it hasn't hit us badly here in Montego Bay. Hope everyone else in the area stays safe," she wrote on Twitter.
England were even able to hold their first outdoor practice on Tuesday afternoon, in preparation for the first ODI at Trelawny on Saturday.
Knight, who bought board games as an option to pass the hours, said in a BBC Radio 5 Live interview: "We're being really well looked after.
"Being cooped up in a five-star hotel isn't that bad, but it is obviously affecting our preparations.
"It's just trying to keep everyone entertained and not climbing the walls. We've tried to make the most of a bad situation, doing the tiny bits that we can."
Speaking while the storm was still approaching, she added: "We had a spontaneous game on the beach, but we haven't been able to pick up a bat or get to the ground. The locals have gone home and are preparing in full hurricane watch.
"I'm looking out the window now and they are currently boarding up all of the windows."