England swashbuckling batsman Alex Hales has revealed he is in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms.
The 31-year-old returned home early from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday and began feeling ill on Sunday.
Hales is awaiting a test to confirm whether he has the virus.
“In the light of the speculation and rumour that is currently circulating within the cricket world and on social media, I felt I needed to give a full explanation of my situation.
“Like many other overseas players, I reluctantly left the Pakistan Super League early because, with COVID-19 reaching global pandemic status, I felt it was more important to be with my family rather than face a period of lockdown thousands of miles from home. I returned to the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning feeling perfectly fit and healthy and with absolutely no symptoms of the virus.
“However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s advice of self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough.
At this stage, it has not been possible to be tested although I am hopeful that might be the case later today so that I can get absolute confirmation of my current health status,” Hales said in his statement to the PA news agency.
An update on my situation, stay safe everyone pic.twitter.com/8mDPOBGmI8
— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) March 17, 2020
Earlier, Hales urged the journalists not to spread fake news after social media was filled with the news of him being tested positive for Coronavirus. “Stop spreading fake news, dangerous behaviour,” the 31-year-old tweeted before releasing an official statement regarding his health.