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England captain Ben Stokes feeling unwell and forced to miss training ahead of Headingley Test

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England are waiting on the fitness of captain Ben Stokes for the third Test against New Zealand after he missed training on Tuesday due to a chesty cough and feeling unwell.

Stokes returned a negative Covid test on Tuesday morning but will continue to be monitored by the medical team. England’s plans were further disrupted when it was announced Marcus Trescothick, the batting coach, was in isolation at home after testing positive for the virus.

Stokes does not have a nominated vice-captain due to the lack of experience in the team, with England preferring to put off the decision in the hope he stays fit. If he misses this Test then the candidates to replace him are James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Joe Root or Jonny Bairstow. 

Anderson may well be rested this week with a Test against India at Edgbaston in mind when England hope to level the series delayed from last year. Broad captained the England Twenty20 side and is more likely to play here than Anderson. 

It could be too soon to ask Root to step in after standing down as captain in April, especially as he is scoring runs, returning to No 1 in the world rankings, and happy to be concentrating just on batting. Bairstow captained Welsh Fire in the Hundred last season and previously led Yorkshire once in the Blast. He has never captained a side in first-class cricket and not really been seen as leadership material by England, although recently there have been attempts to include him more in the management group and he is on a high after his epic Trent Bridge hundred.

Three New Zealand players only recently left five days of isolation after contracting Covid in Nottingham. Captain Kane Williamson withdrew on the eve of the match when he tested positive. Since then Devon Conway and Michael Bracewell tested positive. All are available for selection this week.

Covid restrictions have been relaxed this summer, with the players returning to normal life and able to visit restaurants and be joined daily by friends in the hotel. Stokes visited his old cricket club, Cockermouth, at the weekend for example, but with a Covid spike nationwide the players are more exposed than over the past two summers when restrictions were in place.

When asked about Williamson at the toss in Nottingham last week Stokes quipped “if you don’t test” then you cannot miss a match for Covid but with New Zealand testing their players England will have to follow suit if they show symptoms. 

England still expect Stokes to be fit and lead the team. Changes elsewhere are likely, however. Jamie and Craig Overton could become the first twins to play Test cricket for England together if they decide to make changes to the bowling line-up, or if Stokes is ruled out and they have to reshuffle.

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