Strauss, Swann hit ‘ by Chennai chapatti bug’

London: Skipper Andrew Strauss and leading spinner Graeme Swann cannot attend the training session as they have been affected by a Delhi belly bug local variant known as the “Chennai chapattis”.

England is not panicking yet, but if both miss training on Wednesday, their presence in the Group B match against West Indies will be increasingly unlikely.

England will be desperate to have both, but the sort of stomach virus, which has affected several members of the touring party in the past three weeks usually, leaves the patient lighter and enfeebled for a few days, according to reports.

Paul Collingwood would assume Strauss’s role as leader. England will spend the next day or so sweating over their fitness.

It might be perspiration rather than food that has caused their illnesses. Jonathan Trott, England’s No 3 batsman, had a bout of the Chennai chapatis not long after arrival in the city from Chittagong. But he was able to practise on Tuesday and expects to be in full heart by Thursday.

Bureau Report