England squad hit by virus
Captain Paul Collingwood is one of four England players who have been struck down by a stomach virus in Sri Lanka.
Last Updated: 26/09/07 5:27pm
England's preparations for the one-day series in Sri Lanka have been disrupted by a stomach virus that has laid low four members of the squad.
Captain Paul Collingwood, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook and Luke Wright are the unfortunate quartet who face a fitness race to play in Friday's practice match against the Sri Lankan Board President's XI.
England coach Peter Moores admitted the ill players could be absent from his side's only warm-up match, but remained philosophical about the situation.
"A few of the lads have gone down with some sort of stomach illness," he said. "If it's like Stuart's (Broad) it was only a 24 to 36-hour thing so hopefully it will clear up pretty quickly.
"Stuart trained for the first time today (Wednesday) and is still a bit weak and it looks like it's going to be one or two days for the rest of the lads.
"We might be light of a couple of players for the practice game on Friday, but we have a 15-man squad for these things and if you're going to get a bug, you get a bug.
"Alastair Cook's version of it is that if you're going to get it, let's get it out of the way before the big games. There's nothing you can do about it."
The opening one-day international of the five-game series takes place in Dambulla on Monday.