England in South Africa: 2nd ODI postponed after positive Covid-19 cases, series in jeopardy


England in South Africa: While the first ODI was called off after a lot of rescheduling, the 2nd ODI, which was set to get underway in Cape Town on Monday, has been rescheduled after two confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in the England camp.

ENG vs SA: 1st ODI called off, 2nd ODI postponed after Covid-19 positive cases (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Africa in trouble as positive Covid-19 cases hurt ODI series vs England
  • 1st ODI called off, 2nd ODI postponed after two unconfirmed positive cases in England camp
  • CSA and ECB to take a joint call on series as they await ratification of Covid-19 positive cases

The 2nd ODI between England and South Africa, scheduled for Monday, December 7 has been postponed as the two teams await the ratification of 2 unconfirmed positive Covid-19 tests in the touring England camp.

The 1st ODI was initially postponed after a South Africa player tested positive for Covid-19. The ODI series schedule was restructured and it was decided that the 1st ODI would be played in Paarl on Sunday and the last 2 ODIs would be played in Newlands on Monday and Wednesday.

However, hours ahead of the 1st ODI on Sunday, it emerged that the two members of staff of the hotel where the two teams were staying had tested positive for Covid-19. The 1st ODI was then called off, putting the tour in jeopardy.

As in turns out, the 3-match series is in jeopardy after a number of Covid-19 cases in the bio-secure environment at the hotel both teams share, including a South African player, two hotel staff and potentially two members of the England party.

“The decision has been taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) whilst they await the outcome of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp and the continued health and wellbeing of both playing groups,” CSA said in a statement on Sunday.

“Once the findings of this review have been received, CSA and ECB will then discuss how best to proceed concerning the remaining two matches of this ODI Series.”

The start of the series was pushed to Sunday, but after two staff members at the Vineyard Hotel also tested positive, members of the England touring party underwent a fresh round of tests.

These resulted in two unconfirmed positive results that forced the cancellation of the first ODI, and now the postponement of the second.

England are due to leave South Africa on a chartered flight on Thursday and so could potentially still play two of the ODIs at Newlands on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The unconfirmed positive results take to seven the number of COVID-19 related incidents on the six-match white-ball tour, two of which occurred in the South Africa camp before the series started. There have now been five in the bio-secure environment. The Covid-19 cases could potentially impact Cricket South Africa which is set to host the likes of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia in the next few months.



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