Ashley Giles bans football warm-ups before training:
England has banned football warm-ups before training.
England’s director of cricket, Ashley Giles, has been against football played by cricketers as a warm-up for training and has finally taken a solid decision against it after Rory Burns became the latest victim of the sport.
Rory Burns sustained ankle ligament damage during a football warm-up before training on Thursday. Following the injury, he was ruled out of the rest of the South Africa tour and will be flying home on Friday night for proper treatment. Jonny Bairstow, James Anderson, and Joe Denly have also suffered injuries in similar circumstances related to football.
Ashley Giles had made it clear when he assumed the role of England’s director of cricket that he was against football as part of warm-ups before training, but did not make a decision against it due to being persuaded by senior cricketers.
Zak Crawley opened the match in place of Rory Burns during England’s first inning of the second Test at Cape Town. Zak Crawley was only able to score 4 runs from 15 balls before he got caught behind on Vernon Philander’s delivery. England played Dominic Bess in place of Jofra Archer, who had been suffering from a sore right elbow since the past few days.
England’s misfortune keeps piling up:
England has seen a lot of misfortune during their tour to South Africa, and there are still 3 matches left out of the 4-match Test series.
The fast-bowler, Jofra Archer, will be undergoing a second scan on his sore elbow on Friday after the first scan proved inconclusive. He also missed the second Test, and it is likely that he might miss the rest of the tour as well. Almost the entire squad was affected by the sickness bug a while back.