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Foakes ruled out of third NZ test due to Covid



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England wicketkeeper batter Ben Foakes has been ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand after testing positive for Covid-19.

Wicketkeeper Sam Billings, who made his Test debut in the Ashes in Hobart will replace Foakes in the match.

"England Men's Test wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has tested positive for Covid-19. Foakes was unable to keep wicket yesterday on day three of the Third LV= Insurance Test at Headingley suffering from back stiffness," ECB stated in a statement.

"On a further medical assessment yesterday evening, he subsequently tested positive after administering an LFT Covid-19 test.

"Details of his return to the England set-up will be announced in due course. However, it is hoped he will be fit for the LV= Insurance Test against India starting next Friday at Edgbaston.

Foakes was out for a duck in the first innings in Leeds but made 107 runs across the first two Tests, including an important unbeaten fifty in England's win in the first Test at Lord's.

England hope he will be fit for the rearranged Test against India which starts on Friday at Edgbaston.