Jack Leach, the left-arm spinner of England, has been admitted to the hospital after he developed gastroenteritis. It happened during the second day’s game of the final Test between the Three Lions and New Zealand at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. Leach is not a part of the visitors playing XI after he was left out. Chris Woakes was favored ahead of him as the visitors went in with an all-pace attack.
At the end of the first session on Saturday, November 30 Leach started to feel weak. Looking at his uncomfortable condition, England’s medical team decided to hospitalize him and for the time being. It’s presumed that the 28-year-old with Somerset will stay there itself.
Broad worried for Jack Leach
Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who is playing the Hamilton Test, was worried a bit but was confident of his mate recovering soon. “It’s quite worrying news but we’ve got great medical staff to look after him,” Broad was quoted.
At the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Leach played the opening Test in which they lost by an innings and 65 runs. On a pitch that wasn’t good for spin-bowling, Leach had to strive a fair bit. Interestingly, he bowled the most number of overs (42) for the visitors and gave 153 runs.
The left-arm spinner got clear of Jeet Raval and Tim Southee. Woakes, who replaced him in Hamilton, has had a satisfactory outing thus far. The pacer finished with figures of 31-6-83-3 in his first innings. Woakes took the crucial wickets of opposition skipper Kane Williamson, stalwart Ross Taylor, and Tim Southee.
England in a tricky position
As far as the game is concerned, England finds itself in a risky position. The Black Caps scored 375 during their first innings, courtesy Tom Latham’s century and half-centuries from the skillful Taylor, BJ Watling, the double centurion from the first Test, and Daryl Mitchell.
In response, England lost the early wickets of Dominic Sibley and Joe Denly. Rory Burns and skipper Joe Root are in the middle with England still lagging behind by a mammoth 336 runs. For New Zealand, Southee and Matt Henry made the early inroads and kept their team on top.