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South Africa vs. England: First ODI abandoned, tour in doubt over multiple Covid-19 positions



Jononi Byerstow and teammates from England are waiting for news about their tour of South Africa after another match was canceled.

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Jononi Byerstow and teammates from England are waiting for news about their tour of South Africa after another match was canceled.

The English cricket tour of South Africa is in serious doubt after the first one-day international was abandoned on Sunday, when hotel staff returned positive tests for Covid-19.

Officials canceled the first ODI in Paarl just before the scheduled time of 9pm (NZT), and no team traveled to the venue.

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

Sky Sports Cricket Presidents Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussein and Ian Ward discussed the postponement of Newlands's first ODI on Friday.

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Sky Sports Cricket Presidents Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussein and Ian Ward discussed the postponement of Newlands’s first ODI on Friday.

Then, on Saturday, two staff members at a hotel in England tested positive.

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* South Africa vs. England ODI postponed after player tests tested positive for Covid-19

A statement from both boards confirmed the delay on Sunday: “The British and management underwent an additional round of tests on Saturday night after two hotel staff tested positive for Covid-19,” the statement said.

“While the ECB awaits ratification of the test results, a decision has been made to postpone the start of today’s ODI match.”

It was abandoned shortly afterwards as the status of the remaining ODIs on Monday and Wednesday was called into question.

Signs indicating Covid limits are found in the field of riculends.

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Signs indicating Covid limits are found in the field of riculends.

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

Prior to last month’s Twenty20 series – which England won 3-0 – two South African players tested positive for Covid-19 and two more were isolated.


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