Unwell Root misses England practice
Joe Root was unable to practice due to illness as England ramped up their preparations for the third Test against South Africa.The England captain was absent from the team's session in Port Elizabeth because of a stomach upset, the second time he has suffered with illness on a tour which has been dominated by absences.
Jack Leach will return home from England's tour of South Africa following the left-arm spinner's struggle with illness . Leach missed the final Test Leach , who also has Crohn's Disease, will fly home on Thursday. "I have no doubt he will return to full fitness in the medium term and hopefully he
Home . News. South Africa v England third Test. Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth Dates: 16-20 January Time: 08:00 GMT. Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Jack Leach were ruled out of the 107-run first-Test defeat in Centurion, while Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes spent time off the field.
Jack Leach’s tour of South Africa is over after England revealed the left-arm spinner is still suffering from the after-effects of sepsis he contracted in New Zealand earlier this winter.
Leach, who was diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s at the age of 14, was hospitalised in late November during the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton. At the time, England said he was suffering from gastroenteritis.
But after announcing he will fly home from South Africa this week and miss the final two Tests, they revealed the illness in New Zealand was more serious. Sepsis, which at its most severe can be life-threatening, is a complication those with Crohn’s can suffer from.
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Leach’s health was not helped by a second bout of gastroenteritis he picked up during the first Test against South Africa at Centurion last month. That virus overall affected 17 members of the touring party.
An England statement said: “The Somerset left arm spinner, who has struggled to fully recover from sepsis he picked up during the tour of New Zealand in November and was also struck with gastroenteritis and flu ahead of the first Test at Centurion, has not been able to reach the expected levels of fitness to be considered for selection.
“The England medical team, in consultation with Leach, felt to recover fully it would be beneficial for him to return to the United Kingdom. He will leave South Africa on Thursday.”
England to make late call on Archer
England seamerJofra Archer remains a doubt for the second Test against South Africa after going for a scan on his elbow.Archer has gone for a scan on his right elbow ahead of the clash in Cape Town on Friday, at which England will be looking to level the four-match series after losing the opener at Centurion by 107 runs.
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Leach has become a firm fan favourite following his heroics last summer, when he scored 92 batting as a night-watchman in the Lord’s Test against Ireland and then shared an epic 76-run last-wicket stand with Ben Stokes – of which he contributed one – to help England over the line in a gripping third Ashes Test at Headingley.
Yet it is the 28-year-old’s bowling, which has seen him take 34 wickets at 29 across 10 Tests, England will miss most, especially if he is ruled out of the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in March.
England coach Chris Silverwood said: “Jack is a great lad to have around the squad and his infectious personality will be missed. However, his focus has to be getting himself better and receiving the optimum levels of recovery and treatment, which is best served back in England. I have no doubt that he will return to full fitness in the medium-term and hopefully in time for our tour of Sri Lanka in March.”
Pietersen tells England to drop Anderson or Broad with Archer a doubt for Newlands
Jofra Archer is a doubt for Newlands but Kevin Pietersen says England should drop one of new-ball pair Stuart Broad or James Anderson.England were soundly beaten in the first match of the four-Test series after captain Joe Root won the toss and put the hosts in, South Africa easing to a 107-run victory inside four days.
Illness has plagued England since before the Test series even begun with Root one of the casualties, although players were then affected by flu-like symptoms rather than stomach issues. England's final practice match was downgraded to "friendly" status because England were unsure who would be able
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