Fourteen members of England’s touring party – 10 players and four backroom staff – have so far fallen ill during the tour of South Africa.
With Joe Root and Jos Buttler both off the field on the third morning of the first Test, you only need to cheat a little bit and pop batting coach Graham Thorpe into the middle order where, let’s be honest, he’d probably do a perfectly adequate job compared to the current lot, to put together a full playing XI. It’s a more balanced team than several England have picked recently, albeit with Headingley hero Jack Leach probably a touch high in the batting order.
England Wild Shits XI: Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Graham Thorpe, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood.
England have definitely picked worse teams than this.
Fielding coach Carl Hopkinson, security manager Sam Dickason and digital manager Greg Stobart have also been affected.
It doesn’t fully excuse some of England’s more dreadful cricket in Centurion, but it’s certainly mitigation.
The West Indies coach had attended the funeral of his father-in-law.
The quick is gearing up to take on the West Indies next month.
The Somerset man has 34 wickets at just 29 apiece in his 10 Test appearances.
A total of 10 Pakistan players tested positive for Covid-19.
The Antigua-born seamer is itching to make a big impression in the three-Test series in England that starts in Manchester on July 8.
The 21-year-old says the route from British Asian hubs to the county game can be “daunting”
On arrival in England the squad will head to Blackfinch New Road.
Sheyne Moseley, Shane Dowrich and Shamarh Brooks registered half-centuries at Old Trafford.
The Kent batsman has won four Test caps.