SA-England ODI postponed after constructive case

CAPE TOWN, December 4

The first ODI between South Africa and England that was scheduled today has been moved to Sunday after a player from the home team tested positive for Covid-19. Cricket South Africa said the latest round of tests conducted on Thursday resulted in an unnamed South African player returning a positive result, the third from within the camp during the six-match limited-overs series.

The teams had travelled to the stadium to prepare for the game but it was officially called off an hour before the start. The decision places a spotlight on the South Africa camp and their protocols during a tour.

Two players tested positive ahead of the T20I series that started on November 27 and was won 3-0 by England. Yet more worrying will be the positive case from within the secure hotel bio-bubble, where both teams have been based since November 17. — Reuters

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