The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that Sam Curran, who retired to his room and isolated himself after feeling sick on Wednesday night, has tested negative for COVID-19.
The ECB further stated that Curran will return to training over the next 24 to 48 hours and will be closely monitored by the team doctor. Curran, along with the rest of the players and coaching staff, will undergo a further COVID-19 test on Sunday, three days before the commencement of the Test Series against the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Hampshire.
The England all rounder took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards all his well wishers, as Sky Sports Cricket announced the good news.
Thank you for all the messages. Feeling a lot better 👍🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/9CDErkVNGx
— Sam Curran (@CurranSM) July 3, 2020
Curran did not take further part in England’s intra squad warm up match as he started to suffer from “sickness and diarrhoea overnight” after making an unbeaten 15 on the first evening of the game. Although Curran was feeling better on Thursday afternoon, but it was confirmed that he would play no further part in the warm-up match, which is set to end today, with team Stokes chasing 255 to win. He has been monitored by the team doctor throughout, and was tested for COVID-19, which turned out to be negative, much to the relief of the England camp.
Unfortunately, Curran’s untimely illness has ensured that he has not been able to bowl in the warm up match after being away from competitive Cricket for so long, undoubtedly a source of frustration.
Surrey off break bowler Amar Virdi was a late addition to Team Buttler replacing Curran, having initially missed out on the squad, coming on to bowl shortly before the close on the second day.