England Under-19 in Bangladesh 2009-10 October 23, 2009

James Goodman forced home by illness

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James Goodman, the England Under-19 allrounder, has had to return home from the ongoing tour of Bangladesh because of an illness.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed that I couldn't carry on in Bangladesh, but the doctor has told me that I need complete rest for a week to 10 days, and I have to respect that," Goodman said.

Goodman, who also plays for Kent, batted at No. 3 in the first innings of the only Youth Test but did not bat or field on the last day as England lost narrowly.

"We are fully behind the decision to send James home on health grounds," Kent coach Paul Farbrace. "I'm sure that James will play a key part in next year's Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, so we want him to fully recuperate and get back playing as quickly as possible."

England U-19 are currently preparing for a seven-match one-day series against Bangladesh U-19.