Unwell Ben Stokes misses England training ahead of Third Test vs New Zealand -by Ecork

England captain Ben Stokes missed training after feeling anxious on Tuesday as his team began their preparations for the Headingley Test. Stokes was absent while the rest of the team trained before the first day of Thursday’s Final Test in a three-game series. A spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Council said Stokes had tested negative for the Covid-19 on Tuesday morning. Stokes are kept out of the group as a precautionary measure.

The 31-year-old, in his first Test as a skipper, will be re-examined before the midweek season.

Later on Tuesday, England batting coach Marcus Trescothick tested positive for Covid.

The ECB said Trescothick was “currently in isolation at home and was being monitored daily. Details of his return to the England squad will be announced in due course.”

Stokes hit 75 of 70 goals in the second innings of England’s second Test win over New Zealand at Trent Bridge. That was England’s second straight victory over the World Cup winners, being their first test series victory since January 2021. New Zealand have had several positive Covid cases on their side in the past two weeks. Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson has been forced to miss the Second Test after a positive test in the evening of the competition in Nottingham.

Like Williamson, the tour has seen Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell and two members of their backstory return positive results since their arrival in England.

All four players are in contention and are set to play in Leeds this week.

While England hopes to avoid a Covid outbreak, twin brothers Jamie and Craig Overton are hoping for a collective space for troops at Headingley.

The 6ft 5in Seaam-Bowling brothers are ready should England decide to change their speed bump with the winning series already.

For the uneducated Jamie, who is the younger brother by three minutes, it was an undisclosed area, while Craig hoped to add to his eight-point lead.

The duo have played together several times over the years, including North Devon, Somerset and England Under-19s, but came head-to-head in first class cricket for the first time in a matter of days.

Jamie, who left Taunton for Surrey in 2020, hit his brother on the helmet with a speed bouncer during a County competition last week that led to a delay investigation.

“I think any brother’s competition will always have some extra spice and Craig and I are probably even spicier than most people,” Jamie said.

“Obviously the family didn’t like seeing Craig on the ground but I think they would have told us if we hadn’t given it to all of us.”

Despite that injury meeting, Craig stressed that there are no hard feelings if one of them chooses this week.


“It’s been like that since we were 16. My first cricket-class game was competing for the same position and I ended up playing,” he said.

“We will tell ourselves ‘whatever happens, we will support’ and we always are.”

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