Taylor, Ellis treated for stomach bug
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor and allrounder Andrew Ellis will receive rehydration treatment at a local hospital, after suffering from gastroenteritis during the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. Both men will return to the team hotel after being treated, and Taylor is expected to be passed fit for the third ODI on Tuesday, while Ellis' fitness is less certain.
Taylor made 72 from 62 balls to propel New Zealand to 250, and remained on the field for the duration of Sri Lanka's shortened innings, despite showing symptoms of a stomach bug not long into the game, hunching over several times at the non-striker's end. Ellis batted for four balls at the end of New Zealand's innings and began fielding after the break, but left the field after the first few overs.
"Andy (Ellis) started to feel a bit crook as soon as he got out there in the heat," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said after the match. "We suppose he's eaten something that hasn't agreed with him. He was pretty sick between innings. He went out there at the start of our fielding innings and thought he'd give it a go, but pretty quickly he took a turn for the worse and we sent him straight back to the hotel.
"Ross stuck in there well. He was clearly unwell having eaten something or caught a bug somewhere. He hung in there and played a brilliant innings."
Wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum is also doubtful for the third ODI, having missed Sunday's match with a stiff lower back. Team management will take a call on his fitness before Tuesday's game. Last week, fast bowler Adam Milne suffered from a stomach bug as well, and he was not considered for the Twenty20 and first ODI.