The UK heatwave affected the England vs South Africa first ODI at Chester-le-Street as well on a day of record heat across Britain, where the temperature hit 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit). England debutant Matthew Potts bowled four overs before feeling ill and leaving the field.
“He went off to cool down, but I don’t think he ever quite felt well enough to come back on,” captain Jos Buttler said.
Potts was seen sitting in the changing room and rehydrated with a fan on his face.
Britain shattered its record for the highest temperature ever registered Tuesday amid a heat wave that has seared swaths of Europe, as the U.K.’s national weather forecaster said such highs are now a fact of life in a country ill-prepared for such extremes.
It got tough for other players as well to take the field as they resorted to iced towels around the neck. The medics team was also seen patrolling the boundary providing further drinks and ice packs to cool the players down.
According to English media reports, spectators were also not so lucky on the ground as hundreds have had to take relief and respite behind the stands. Several fans were spotted slumped against buildings behind the stands in their attempt to find shade.
Meanwhile, Rassie van der Dussen’s career-best 134 and Anrich Nortje’s four wickets led South Africa to a 62-run victory over England to spoil Ben Stokes’ final one-day international appearance on Tuesday.
The second ODI is Friday at Old Trafford.