The young English all-rounder, Sam Curran will no longer be rejoining the team in India for the fourth Test as originally planned, as informed by the England and Wales Cricket Board said Thursday, citing potential health fears associated with the trip. Curran was rested after the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka as part of England’s ongoing rotation policy.
Sam Curran was earlier expected to rejoin the squad for the final Test in India and the subsequent limited-overs section of the visit. But it has since become apparent that he has to take more than one commercial flight while traveling from Britain to Ahmedabad, it’ll increase the prospects of Curran’s exposure to the coronavirus.
As a result, team management has decided the best course of action is for Curran to join England’s white-ball players for their already-organized private charter flight on February 26.
In a statement regarding the same, ECB said: “Originally it was planned the Surrey all-rounder would fly to Ahmedabad in time to be available for the fourth Test in the city, starting on 4 March. However, in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, making security arrangements for such a journey proved too great a logistical challenge.”
Chris Woakes will be leaving the squad as planned after the third Test, a vacancy Curran had been expected to fill. England, however, still has plenty of pace-bowling options in James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, and Olly Stone, with Ollie Robinson in reserve.
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The four-match Test series is currently leveled at 1-1 after India’s 317-run win at Chennai on Tuesday. The last two Test matches will both be played in Ahmedabad, with the third Test scheduled to start on February 24.