Hopes Hales can overcome virus for Test.
CRICKET ENGLAND are crossing their fingers that Alex Hales is fit for the third Test against South Africa today after the opener became the latest player to be hit by a virus.
Reserve seamer Chris Jordan and batsman Nick Compton have already come through a sickness bug, while a number of the team's families also suffered during the Cape Town Test, but the timing of Hales' predicament is more worrying.
He was fit enough to net in Johannesburg yesterday, though England were concerned enough by his symptoms to ensure he did so away from the rest of the group.
The Nottinghamshire batsman would be expected to play unless his condition worsens overnight but Yorkshire's Gary Ballance is on standby should he be needed. The third Test is due to start at 8.30am.