New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13 November 5, 2012

Taylor, Ellis treated for stomach bug

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • ian on November 6, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    9ST9: gastroenteritis is not caused by spicy food! Spicy food may disguise its true taste (inferior rotting meat or fish, for example). It is caused by lack of hygiene &/or poor food preparation (uncooked/ not fully defrosted meat, etc), or using dirty eating implements, or simply unfiltered, unboiled drinking water. Westerners simply cannot be too careful when eating abroad. Salads especially are fraught with danger as the ingredients are often washed in water that is bacteria-ridden. Tap-water ice in drinks is also another possible sorce of major tummy trouble. 'Jack' Russell, the excellent England w/k (1988-97) had it absolutely right; he was mocked as an eccentric for taking great pains to ensure that everything he ate & drank was painstakingly checked by himself. He never got ill. I am surprised that touring teams are not fully briefed these days. Perhaps they are, but they must heed the warning. Brought up in W Africa, I do know about this, although I'm not a medic.

  • sachit on November 6, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    "after suffering from gastroenteritis " normally spicy food causes gastroenteritis - Sri Lankan food is at times insanely spicy even for some locals. Guess NZ should stick to eating non spicy food which is available in the hotel.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    seems even New Zealand tummies need preparation to adjust to the conditions.

  • Gaffoor on November 5, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Sri Lankan food are very spicy. These players should just go for normal western meals under their physio's supervision.

  • Sunny on November 5, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Based on symptoms, it is NOT spicy food. I think Cricket board should adapt strict food preparation practices, make alcohol wipes and forks readily available, and ask players to wash their hands and faces well with soap. I agree, I've heard this few times happening to players.

  • Devinda on November 5, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    it's probably too spicy...

  • Sello on November 5, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    What is it with Sri Lanka and stomach bugs? Players from touring countries always complain about them.

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Where the hell have they been given accommodation? This a shame for the country as we are known for our hospitality all over the world!

  • dave on November 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    This happened a lot in the past so they took their own microwaves and cooked their own and had no stomach complaints. These days they eat out everywhere but most of them are not ready for that.

  • Kaptaan Cricket on November 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    What the hell has happened to Sri Lankan food?

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