Saturday, 28 November, 2020

England, South Africa cricketers react to covid-19 testing

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Cary Erickson | 22 November, 2020, 03:21

A second South Africa cricketer has tested positive for the coronavirus, it is announced Friday Nov. 20, 2020, in the buildup to the Twenty20 and ODI series against England that is scheduled to start next Friday Nov. 27.

The Proteas will prepare for a three ODI and three T20I series against England in Cape Town, where approximately 50 Covid-19 tests were conducted prior to them entering a bio-secure environment.

No replacements will be brought into the 24-man squad for the three-match T20I and three-match ODI series. It will be the first global series played in South Africa since March due to the Covid-19 lockdown regulations. All the players are asymptomatic but will be monitored closely over the coming days.

The three players who have been isolated are showing no symptoms of COVID-19, CSA said.

England are determined not to overreact to this latest setback, and will play a practice match at Newlands on Saturday.

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Both sets of players need to observe 10 days of quarantine before the games but are being allowed to train during that time.

Eoin Morgan's tourists, who are sharing the Vineyard hotel in Cape Town with their opponents - though in a separate bubble - were already on high alert after it emerged on Wednesday that one of the South Africans had tested positive.

The tour, arranged on short notice after the virus-wreaked havoc affected global cricket fixtures, is England's first trip overseas during the pandemic.

Delivering biosecure cricket was a major financial and logistical undertaking for the England and Wales Cricket Board last summer and in order to ensure this series goes ahead they agreed to foot the bill for a charter flight to South Africa. No spectators will be allowed to attend any of the games.

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