Jack Leach, England’s senior spinner on the tour to South Africa, is to return home with immediate effect. The Somerset left-armer has had the most ill-fated of winters. He has struggled to fully recover from sepsis, which is now known he picked up during the tour of New Zealand in November. Then before the Centurion Test he contracted the gastroenteritis and flu that hit the touring camp. Having endured Crohn’s disease, Leach has a weak immune system. The announcement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: “[Jack Leach] has not been able to reach the expected levels of fitness to be considered for selection.” England’s medical team felt it would be better for him to return home to complete his recovery. He leaves South Africa on Thursday, the first day of the third Test. “It has been an unfortunate time for Jack with illness and since the series in New Zealand six weeks ago he hasn’t been able to get 100% fit,” said the head coach, Chris Silverwood. “This has hampered his preparation in South Africa and despite his best endeavours he is not in a position to make himself available for selection for the last two Tests. “His… Read full this story
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