England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has ruled out the final two days of the third Test against New Zealand after testing positive for Covid-19.
Foakes did not come onto the field on day three after complaining of back stiffness before later enjoying a positive break. Kent’s Sam Billings will take his place for the remainder of the Headingley Test.
Jonny Bairstow represented with the mitts during the Tourists’ second innings, but Billings, who made his Test debut in the Ashes’ final match, was drafted to take over for the remainder of the match.
Ben Foakes has been ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand after testing positive for Covid-19
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed there were no more positive cases at the camp following Foakes’ test.
A statement from the ECB read: “Ben Foakes was unable to keep the wicket on day three of the third LV = insurance test at Headingley yesterday as he suffered from back stiffness. At another medical check-up last night, he subsequently tested positive after taking an LFT-COVID-19 test.
“Details of his return to the England lineup will be announced in due course. However, it is hoped he will be fit for the LV= Insurance Test against India, which starts next Friday in Edgbaston.
“The rest of the England party are following health protocols for symptom reporting and subsequent testing if necessary. There are no other positive cases in the camp.’
While the series will not be played in Covid-19 bubbles, players will still need to isolate if they test positive for the virus.
Foakes celebrates when New Zealander Will Young is caught on Test series day
Foakes was out for a duck in the first innings at Leeds but made 107 runs in the first two Tests, including an important unbeaten fifty in England’s first Test win at Lord’s.
England are hoping he will be fit for the rearranged Test against India, which starts at Edgbaston on Friday.
Billings becomes the second substitute to play for England in the series, with Lancashire leg spinner Matt Parkinson making his Lord’s debut after Jack Leach fell awkwardly on the field.
Sam Billings (pictured) became the second substitute to play for England in the series
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/health/englands-ben-foakes-is-out-of-third-test-against-new-zealand-after-testing-positive-for-covid-19/ England’s Ben Foakes has completed his third test against New Zealand after testing positive for Covid-19