Ahead of their third Test against South Africa, England Test captain Joe Root did not train on Sunday after being laid low by a stomach bug.
With the Third Test starting from Thursday at the St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, this could be a massive blow for the ‘Three Lions’.
According to a statement released by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Root, who also felt unwell during the Centurion Test, is one of 17 England players and support staff who have been hit by a flu-like bug on what has been dubbed the ‘cursed tour’.
Opener Rory Burns and veteran pacer James Anderson has already returned back to England, due to injury.
With England already short of resources, Root will be kept under observation, hoping that he’ll be at the middle on Thursday.
But, If Root fails to recover on time, Jonny Bairstow is likely to take his spot in the playing XI.
The four-match Test series is currently level poised at 1-1.
South Africa won the first Test in Pretoria by 107 runs, before England bounced back to claim the second Test in Cape Town by 189 runs.
“To win here for the first time in 60 years is special. Stokesy turns it on and he’s a match-winner,” ECB had quoted Root as saying after the win in Cape Town.