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England's Sam Curran caught out in 'logistical concerns' over travel

England's Sam Curran is set to miss the fourth test against India after concerns surrounding his route of travel.

The 22-year-old was rested after last month's tour against Sri Lanka as part of the ongoing rotation policy in the England team, with plans to bring him out to India in time for the final match of the series.

However, it became clear that his journey from England to Ahmedabad would require more than one commercial flight, raising concerns over an additional risk of exposure to coronavirus.

The revelation led to the Surrey all-rounder added to the group's private charter flight late last week.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: “Originally it was planned the Surrey all-rounder would fly to Ahmedabad in time to be available for the fourth Test in the city, starting on 4 March.

“However, in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, making secure arrangements for such a journey proved too great a logistical challenge.”

Chris Woakes has left the squad as planned after the third Test, the vacancy Curran had been expected to fill, but England remain happy with their seam bowling options, which include Ollie Robinson on the reserve list.

Author: Jake Wilkin