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England vs New Zealand: Ben Stokes misses training but should be fit after negative Covid test

England sparked great anxiety as Ben Stokes misses training due to illness ahead of Wednesday’s third test against New Zealand…

  • Ben Stokes missed England training for their third test against New Zealand
  • England captain stayed home in the northeast after feeling unwell
  • But he has tested negative for Covid-19 and so could still be involved

England feared Wednesday’s third Test when captain Ben Stokes missed Tuesday’s training at Headingley after feeling unwell.

Stokes stayed at home in the North East as England began preparations for their bid to complete a 3-0 money-laundering attempt against world champions New Zealand, but planned to join his team at their Leeds hotel on Tuesday night.

England remain confident Stokes will be fit to play on the ground where he performed the Miracle of Headingley three years ago after testing negative for Covid on Tuesday.

Ben Stokes missed England training for their third test against New Zealand on Tuesday

Ben Stokes missed England training for their third test against New Zealand on Tuesday

England have taken a relaxed approach to the virus unlike New Zealand, whose strict testing policies cost them the services of their captain Kane Williamson for the second test at Trent Bridge.

Three other New Zealand players – Henry Nicholls, Michael Bracewell and Devon Conway – and two members of their backroom staff have also tested positive for Covid during the tour, but all are expected to be suitable for the third test.

England have refused to name a vice-captain since Stokes took over, but if he doesn’t recover in time, former captain Joe Root is expected to lead the team at Leeds, just two tests after his resignation.

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