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Jordan Cox Dropped after Covid Violation

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Jordan Cox Dropped after Covid Violation

On Monday 19-year old Jordan Cox was a hero for his county cricket side Kent. Playing only his second-ever first-class match for them against Sussex In the Bob Willis Trophy, he shared in the highest stand for any wicket ever in the 150-year history of Kent.

But, just two days later, he was dropped from the next game against Middlesex, starting on Saturday, after breaching the anti-Covid-19 health provisions.

Cox and his partner Jack Leaning, who used to play for Yorkshire, both scored double centuries. As the pair scored an unbeaten 423 for the second wicket. Cox made 238 off 345 balls, including 3 sixes and 47 fours, whilst Leaning was undefeated on 220, made of 308 balls.

That beat the previous all-time Kent best partnership of 382 compiled by Joe Denly and Sean Dickson against Northants three years ago.

And their partnership might have been worth even more runs had not the rules of the competition dictated that a sides innings could not last beyond 120 overs.

Coxs innings was also the highest debut century made by any player in the history of Kent cricket.

Sadly, for him and Leaning, there were no fans in the ground at Canterbury to see the pair make history. The game was played behind closed doors, in line with the prevailing UK government health restrictions.

However, after the game, Cox was approached by a group of young fans asking for his autograph, and to have their pictures taken with him. He duly obliged, and that proved to be his downfall, as he subsequently infringed the rules on social distancing.

Now he has been ordered to self-isolate at home, and he will only be allowed to join the rest of his Kent team mates when he has tested negative for Covid-19.

Cox is full of regret for his actions and feels that he has let his colleagues down. Meanwhile, his director of cricket, Paul Downton has described the whole incident as unfortunate.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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