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Gargi Raut ∙ Nov 30 2022, 6:57 AM

More than a dozen England players hit with illness ahead of Pakistan Test


image-lb3amtaoBen Stokes and co at Pakistan [Source: Associated Press]


England have landed in Pakistan for a Test series but trouble threatens as the English camp is swept with illness. Around half the squad is struggling with a mysterious illness, assumed to be a bug or a virus (not covid). 

Around 13 to 14 members, including staff has been affected by the illness, half of the number are members of the playing squad. 

England skipper Ben Stokes is one of the players affected. The final training session has been made optional ahead of the Test match tomorrow. 

Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope and Joe Root are the only players who reported for a practice session at Rawalpindi - headed by coach Brendon McCullum. And the rest of the touring party is rested in Islamabad base. 

Stokes, the captain, has named his nominal starting XI for the first Test match. Liam Livingstone will most likely make his debut and Ben Duckett has been recalled for Tests after 2016, but he is one of the affected. 

And as per reports the first Test match might not even start tomorrow. 


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