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Newlands T20 to go ahead after Proteas pass Covid-19 test

The opening T20I between the Proteas and England at Newlands on Friday will go ahead after Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed the hosts had returned negative results in their final round of Covid-19 tests.

FIRST BALL WILL BE DELIVERED AT 18:00

There had been fears the match could be cancelled if a player – or players – from either side tested positive in the tests conducted on Thursday.

The Proteas had two players in their 24-man squad test positive last week. Those unnamed players remain in quarantine and won’t feature at Newlands later on Friday.

The first delivery in the three-match T20 series will be bowled at 18:00.

Meanwhile, there was some bad news out of the Proteas camp in that all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been ruled out of the England tour due to a hamstring injury.

Pretorius’ injury occurred during a team practice session at Newlands and is expected to take three to four weeks to heal. No replacement will be summoned.

SQUADS:

Proteas (updated)

Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne

England

Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

PROTEAS V ENGLAND T20 AND ODI FIXTURES:

Friday, November 27: 1st T20I South Africa v England, Newlands – 18:00

Sunday, November 29: 2nd T20I South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl – 14:30

Tuesday, December 1: 3rd T20I South Africa v England, Newlands – 18:00

Friday, December 4: 1st ODI South Africa v England, Newlands – 13:00

Sunday, December 6: 2nd ODI South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl – 10:00

Wednesday, December 9: 3rd ODI South Africa v England, Newlands – 13:00

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