Sickness Taking Wickets At Twenty20 World Cup

Plus England's text message drama continues.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The Twenty20 cricket World Cup got underway a couple of days ago, but a number of squads are feeling the pinch today after an illness has spread across the tournament.

Aussies Brad Hogg and Mitchell Starc are battling the virus. Both bowlers played in Australia’s win against Ireland on Wednesday and Starc apparently recovered enough to train on Friday and is almost certain to take on the West Indies Saturday. The 41-year-old Hogg is suffering from ‘constant headaches’.

A number of other players are also feeling pretty crook. New Zealanders Tim Southee and Rob Nicol were unable to travel with the team earlier this week, but made it from Colombo to Kandy to play in Friday’s win over Bangladesh. Ex-captain Daniel Vittori was also sick, but recovered enough to play.

South Africa reportedly had up to five players ill prior to the tournament earlier in the week.

In other news, Zimbabwe became the first team eliminated from the Twenty20 World Cup after suffering their second consecutive defeat. Zimbabwe was thrashed by Sri Lanka to open the tournament on Tuesday and were again utterly humiliated by South Africa on Thursday.

Ex-England star Kevin Pietersen is pleading with England officials in an attempt to keep his international career alive.

The big-hitting batsman was banished from the team recently when it was discovered Pietersen had been criticising England captain Andrew Strauss in text messages to South African opponents during their recent Test series.

His actions put him out of favour with a number of teammates and he was subsequently dropped from the rest of the South Africa series and from the one-day and Twenty forms of the sport.

Talks between Pietersen and the ECB are on-going.

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