Cricket news - Curran tests negative for Covid-19

The England all-rounder had developed sickness and diarrhoea during the three-day warm-up match in Southampton.

The England all-rounder had developed sickness and diarrhoea during the three-day warm-up match in Southampton.

England all-rounder Sam Curran has tested negative for Covid-19 after developing sickness and diarrhoea during the three-day warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Curran developed the symptoms on Wednesday (July 2) evening and was seen by one of the ECB's on-site doctors who recommended he take a Covid-19 test. Curran was placed in self-isolation in his hotel room at the Ageas Bowl as he waited for the results of the test, which he took on Thursday. Thankfully, a negative result came back around lunchtime on Friday.

It will no doubt be a relief to the ECB. Had Curran tested positive for Coronavirus, the consequences for the Test series against West Indies, which begins on July 8, could have been dire. Specifically, it would have raised questions about the safety of the bio-secure bubble that has been created around both squads to keep them safe during the series and might have necessitated those who had been in contact with Curran to self-isolate as well.

As it is, the 22 year-old will return to training over the next 24 to 48 hours and will continue to be monitored by the ECB's medical team. Curran will receive a further Covid-19 test, along with the rest of England's players and management group, on Sunday as part of the regular testing regime in place for the Test series against West Indies.