LEEDS: England’s newly-appointed Test captain Ben Stokes has missed his side’s scheduled training session ahead of the third Test of the series against New Zealand.
Stokes has not yet joined the team in Leeds after becoming ill over the weekend while at home in Cockermouth.
According to an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) spokesperson, Stokes had returned a negative result from a Covid test taken on Tuesday morning.
The skipper, however, is being kept away from the squad as a precautionary measure.
Ben Stokes must prove his fitness before the third Test against New Zealand, after the England captain missed the first day of training at Headingley through illness.
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It is pertinent to mention here that the ECB did not appoint Stokes’ deputy and will be needed to name an interim captain if the all-rounder does not recover in time.