Justin Langer is urging Australia’s cricketers to “find some silver living” as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced several countries into lockdown, with sporting events across the world postponed or cancelled.

With the cricket calendar usually so relentless, Australia coach Langer – who is still preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup in October – wants his players to take the opportunity to “recharge”.

“I’m trying to encourage our players to find some silver lining,” he said.

“We identified in South Africa a number of our players were physically and mentally exhausted.

“We had all winter [in England] with the World Cup and the Ashes then into our summer … it gives them a really good opportunity to recharge.

“We’re looking at scenarios to make sure we’ll be ready for whatever comes.”

Speaking during a video call while in self-isolation, Langer confirmed he would proceed with his original schedule for telling players whether they would be centrally contracted for the 2020-21 season.

“I think we’re sticking to the plan of April 2,” he said. “Out of respect we’ll talk to the players who have been contracted this year and who missed out on a contract.”