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Leach to fly home from South Africa

14th January 2020, 12:47 by Neil Foster

England have decided to send spinner Jack Leach home from the tour of South Africa as his health issues continue.

The 28-year-old has not featured on the trip due to suffering gastroenteritis and flu, one of 11 players who have been under the weather at times over the past few weeks.

The Somerset slow left-armer also missed England's final Test in New Zealand with sepsis and coach Chris Silverwood feels the Taunton-born ace needs to be at home to get himself right.

"Jack hasn't been able to get 100% fit," he said. "His focus has to be getting himself better, which is best served back in England without any distractions."

The four-match series, currently level at 1-1, continues in Port Elizabeth on Thursday and Silverwood admits Leach's absence around the touring party will be a blow.

"He is a great lad to have around the squad and his infectious personality and popularity will be missed," he added.

The Three Lions are also without record-breaking seamer James Anderson, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a rib injury, and Rory Burns, who injured an ankle playing football while warming up.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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