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Elliott on mend - National cricketer grateful for support

Published:Monday | April 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica middle-order batsman and part-time off-spinner, Yannick Elliott, says he is grateful for all the support he has been receiving since being admitted to hospital following a mild stroke last week.

Elliott, who has been recuperating at the Kingston Public Hospital, made the revelation after members of Jamaica's regional Four-day and Super50 teams visited him last Friday, prior to their departure for Guyana for matches in both competitions.


"The team stopped by before they left for Guyana to show their support and gave me their best wishes," said Elliott.

"In fact, they are just one set of people who have been calling or stopping by to give me best wishes.

"I have been getting a lot of support from the cricket board, my work (place), my cricket club (Melbourne), family and friends.

"Everybody has really been supporting me and I want to thank them and let them know that I am truly grateful," he added.

The 26-year-old Elliott, who has been making steady strides as a capable middle-order batsman, was selected to represent Jamaica against Trinidad and Tobago at Sabina Park last Thursday.

However, the former national Under-19 standout had to be rushed to hospital last Monday after complaining of migraine headaches, speech defects and a numbness in the left side of his body.

He has since been recovering and responding well to treatment, with greater fluency in his speech and improvement in his walk.

"I have been improving steadily," he said. "I can now walk and have been doing therapy in the mornings.

"It is just that my left hand can't move about as freely and I still have a bit of slow speech, as my tongue still feels a bit heavy.

"But the brain is functional and, all things being equal, I am hoping that I will be able to leave the hospital soon."