Thursday , January 21 2021

South Africa vs England: first ODI abandoned, tour questioned after more Covid-19 positives



Jonny Bairstow and his England team-mates will be waiting to hear about their tour of South Africa after canceling another match.

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Jonny Bairstow and his England team-mates will be waiting to hear about their tour of South Africa after canceling another match.

The cricket tour of South Africa in England is a serious doubt after the cancellation of the international first day on Sunday, when staff at the group’s hotels returned positive tests for Covid-19.

Officials called Paul’s first ODI before the scheduled start time (NZT) of 9 p.m., as neither team went to the game site.

The ODI series opener was originally scheduled for Cape Town on Friday, but was delayed after a South African player returned to the Covid positive test.

Sky Sports cricket presenter Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussein and Ian Ward discuss the delay of the first ODI in the New ODS on Friday.

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Sky Sports cricket presenter Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussein and Ian Ward discuss the delay of the first ODI in the New ODS on Friday.

On Saturday, two members of the England hotel tested positive.

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A document issued by the two directors confirmed a delay on Sunday: “The England players and management held an additional test round on Saturday afternoon after two members of the hotel staff tested positive for Covid-19,” he said.

“While the ECB is awaiting confirmation of these test results, a decision has been made to postpone the start of today’s ODI match.”

It was soon canceled, as the status of the remaining ODIs was questioned on Monday and Wednesday.

Signs showing the hidden boundaries of the Newlands Cricket Ground.

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Signs showing the hidden boundaries of the Newlands Cricket Ground.

The series is playing in a bio-safe “bubble,” and players only leave the Cape Town hotel and go out to play and train.

Last month before the Twenty20 series – England won 3-0 – two South African players tested positive for Covid-19 and two others were isolated.


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