An England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued Sunday said: “Ben Foakes was unable to keep wicket on day three of the Third LV= Insurance Test at Headingley suffering from back stiffness. On a further medical assessment yesterday evening, he subsequently tested positive after administering an LFT COVID-19 test.”

England hope Foakes will have recovered to face India in the Test starting on Friday at Edgbaston.

Foakes is the second member of the England set-up to contract Covid in the past week, with batting coach Marcus Trescothick unable to join the squad for the series finale after a positive test.

New Zealand have also been hit by several coronavirus cases, with captain Kane Williamson ruled out of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Michael Bracewell and two members of support staff have also had the virus since the World Test champions arrived in England.

India have a Covid concern of their own after captain Rohit Sharma tested positive during their tour match against Leicestershire on Saturday.

England are pressing for a series whitewash over New Zealand at 2-0 up before facing India in the concluding Test of a match that should have been played in Manchester last year but was instead postponed because of the tourists’ Covid concerns.

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