The English cricket team has been dealt a huge blow with news that their first Test match could be delayed by 24 hours, after a number of squad member
The English cricket team has been dealt a huge blow with news that their first Test match could be delayed by 24 hours, after a number of squad members have been struck down with illness.
The news comes two days before the start of the three-match series against West Indies, with a number of squad players having been forced to withdraw after being struck down with flu-like symptoms.
England captain Joe Root confirmed the news, saying: “We’re trying to manage it as best we can but it’s a situation that could bring the first test forward by 24 hours. We’re keeping a close eye on all our players and we’ll be able to make an informed decision when the time comes.”
The team have been faced with a difficult situation and have had to act quickly to try and mitigate the effects of the illness, with coaches and other staff members having been called in to take over from the ill players.
The news comes at a time when the West Indies team are looking to make a good start in the series, with the team having made strides in recent years and the mood among the players strong.
The decision on whether the first Test will be delayed or not will be taken in due course, but one thing is for certain – the team will be doing all they can to ensure that they can safely prepare for and complete the match.
First Test Could Be Delayed by 24 Hours Following Illness Among England Squad
The potential one-day delay to the First Test of the 2021 Ashes Series between England and Australia has been confirmed following an outbreak of illness among the England squad.
Details of the Illness Outbreak
The illness is understood to have affected eight players in the England squad, claims Cricket Australia. Symptoms have been described as:
- Body aches
The players affected are currently in isolated medical rooms, pending medical assessments.
Delay to First Test
As a result of the significant illness sweeping through the England camp, it is understood that the First Test of the 2021 Ashes Series may be delayed by 24 hours.
The players affected are expected to make a full recovery prior to the start of the Test, with all players needing to be medically cleared in order for the match to go ahead.
It is undoubtedly a disappointing start to the series, particularly considering all players displaying symptoms of the illness have now been isolated in medical rooms. Hopefully the players will have recovered by the start of the Test and the delay can be avoided.