ECB holding its breath after all-rounder Sam Curran goes into self-isolation and takes coronavirus test following bout of vomiting and diarrhea ahead of first West Indies Test next week
- England all-rounder Sam Curran’s health is said to have improved in the evening
- But a positive coronavirus test would jeopardise the West Indies Test next week
- The ECB were tight-lipped about the wider ramifications of a positive result
- The next round of coronavirus testing is currently scheduled for Sunday
English cricket is crossing its fingers after all-rounder Sam Curran went into self-isolation and underwent a Covid-19 test following a bout of vomiting and diarrhea inside the team bubble at the Ageas Bowl.
Curran’s health is said to have improved, but a positive result tomorrow would jeopardise England’s preparations for next week’s first Test against West Indies, who have been notified of the development.
The ECB were tight-lipped about the wider ramifications of a positive result, though Curran himself would begin seven days of quarantine, while the next round of testing – currently scheduled for Sunday – would almost certainly be brought forward.
England all-rounder Sam Curran has self-isolated following a bout of vomiting and diarrhea
Curran’s health is said to have improved ahead of the first Test against West Indies next week
All 29 squad members, plus the backroom staff, have been tested three times each since entering Southampton’s biosecure set-up on June 23.
Sources remain hopeful that Curran has succumbed to nothing more serious than a 24-hour bug. But the repercussions of a positive result – with team-mates forced into self-isolation less than a week before the start of the first Test on Wednesday, and inevitable questions about the viability of biosecure sport during a pandemic – do not bear thinking about.
The news overshadowed the second day of England’s practice match, though Somerset off-spinner Dom Bess made his case for inclusion against West Indies with figures of 20-6-60-2 as Ben Stokes’s team were bowled out for 233 in reply to the Jos Buttler XI’s total of 287 for five declared.
Sources are hopeful that Curran has succumbed to nothing more serious than a 24-hour bug
It overshadowed day two of England’s practice match where spinner Dom Bess shone
The 22-year-old Bess, who has played only four Tests, was England’s first-choice spinner during their 3-1 win in South Africa earlier this year, and insisted: ‘I want to push that spot and make it my own. The ball came out of my hand really nicely.’
Kent’s Zak Crawley top-scored with 43 on a sluggish pitch, while Stokes hit an attractive 41, including six over extra cover off Bess, before he was stumped off Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson. Mark Wood bowled with pace and hostility, while Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson produced a probing spell of 9-4-7-2.
Meanwhile, West Indies captain Jason Holder continued to struggle with the bat when he was dismissed for just two during his team’s rain-affected practice match in Manchester.
Holder, who promoted himself to open in a bid to spend time in the middle, has now scored seven runs in three innings ahead of next week’s first Test. He was watched by coach Phil Simmons, back in the team bubble following five days in self-isolation after he attended a funeral.
Ben Stokes hit an attractive 41 before being stumped off leg-spinner Matt Parkinson
Meanwhile, West Indies captain Jason Holder continued to struggle and made just two
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