• Hales isolated amid coronavirus concerns

    England batsman Alex Hales is in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms.

    Hales was part of the Karachi Kings’ squad in the Pakistan Super League recently. He, and several other players from abroad, left the tournament early due to the threat posed by the virus.

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    ‘In light of the speculation and rumour that is currently circulating within the cricket world and on social media, I felt I needed to give a full explanation of my situation,’ said Hales.

    ‘Like many other overseas players, I reluctantly left the Pakistan Super League early because, with Covid-19 reaching global pandemic status, I felt it was more important to be with my family rather than face a period of lockdown thousands of miles from home.

    ‘I returned to the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning feeling perfectly fit and healthy and with absolutely no symptoms of the virus. However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s advice of self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough.

    ‘At this stage, it has not been possible to be tested although I am hopeful that might be the case later today [Tuesday] so that I can get absolute confirmation of my current health status.’

    Hales played alongside Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris at the Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash League earlier this year. He was also part of the Durban Heat’s squad in Mzansi Super League in South Africa late last year.

    Last week, Australian seamer Kane Richardson and New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson tested negative for the virus.

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