County Championship 2021 – Covid-19 substitution

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Brooks becomes county cricket’s first Covid sub in match against Middlesex

Jack Brooks, the Somerset seamer, has become county cricket’s first Covid-19 replacement after Lewis Gregory was ruled out of the final two days of their Championship fixture against Middlesex.

Gregory, who himself contracted Covid while playing for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League in March, was replaced in the Somerset side ahead of the third day after his girlfriend reported symptoms of the virus. It is understood that she has returned a negative lateral flow test but is waiting for the result of a PCR test. If that test is negative, Gregory should be available for Somerset’s fixture against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl next week; however, he will play no further part in the Middlesex game.