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Jack Leach admits Covid-19 concerns meant he feared he had played his last Test

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Leach takes immunosuppressants to manage his Crohn’s disease which make him more vulnerable to infection

Jack Leach has admitted he has feels “vulnerable” to Covid-19 and said there have been moments when he questioned whether his health issues would prevent him ever playing for England again.

Leach has not played Test cricket since he was forced home from New Zealand due to illness at the end of 2019. On that trip he suffered a flare up of Crohn’s disease – a condition which leads to a diminished immune system – which eventually saw him hospitalised with a bout of sepsis that left him fearing for his life.

Although he was subsequently recalled to the squad that went to South Africa, he again struggled with his health and was sent home early to concentrate on making a full recovery. He has now been informed by the UK government that he is medically vulnerable to Covid-19, a scenario he described as “scary”.

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