England squad hit by virus ahead of first test against Pakistan

According to a report by BBC Sport, England suffered a major virus infection ahead of the first match of the historic Test series against Pakistan. The report further states that around 14 members of the touring crew were asked to rest at their hotels on Wednesday.

England are due to play a three-game Test series against Pakistan from Thursday at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. It will be a historic series between the two nations as England play their first Test in Pakistan in 17 years. However, according to a report by BBC Sport, the England squad have been infected with a virus, with the squad’s players being told to rest.

“The England team, including the captain Ben Stokes, was hit by a virus on the eve of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. Around 14 members of the traveling group of players and coaches were asked to rest at the hotel on Wednesday,” the report said.

The report also revealed that only five players participated in the latest training session, namely Joe Root, Zak Crawley, Harry Brook, Ollie Pope and Keaton Jennings. The affected players’ symptoms are not due to COVID-19 and they are expected to recover within 24 hours.

Liam Livingstone would make his Test debut for England in the series while Ben Duckett was recalled to the line-up to play his first Test in six years.

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