JACK LEACH is leaving England’s tour of South Africa following a series of health issues, with a recent bout of sepsis being revealed yesterday.
The Somerset spinner has not been available for selection since arriving on tour and will return home before the last two Tests of the series.
The 28-year-old was hospitalised during the series in New Zealand late last year and the England and Wales Cricket Board has now said he was suffering from sepsis, an immune response triggered by infection that can be life-threatening in extreme cases.
Leach, who also suffers from Crohn’s disease, was cleared to make the trip to South Africa but then found himself hit by bouts of flu and gastroenteritis which swept through the England camp last month.
Head coach Chris Silverwood hopes to have him back in the fold for a spin-friendly series in Sri Lanka in March. ‘I have no doubt he will return to full fitness in the medium-term and hopefully he will have recovered in time for our tour of Sri Lanka,’ said Silverwood.
‘He is a great lad to have around and his infectious personality and popularity will be missed.’
Leach is the third player to depart a tour that has been disrupted by frequent medical bulletins, joining Rory Burns (ankle) and James Anderson (rib) back in England.