Australia monitoring Covid-19 security situation in SA ahead of tour

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Cricket Australia (CA) are still planning for the tour of South Africa to go ahead in February 2021, but are monitoring the health situation after a security failure in the country forced the postponement of England’s ODI series.

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England and South Africa’s cricket boards called off the series after the players were subjected to a number of Covid-19 scares inside the teams’ supposedly biosecure bubbles in Cape Town.

The breaches have cast doubt on South Africa’s ability to host touring teams, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia who are all set to play in the country in the coming months, according to Reuters.

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Australia are scheduled to play three Tests in South Africa in February, but have yet to confirm dates or venues.

“The tour of South Africa is part of the World Test Championship and the Future Tour Programme,” a CA spokesperson said on Tuesday.

“We will continue to plan for the tour and monitor the biosecurity situation.”

South Africa has recorded more than 800 000 coronavirus infections and more than 21 000 deaths related to Covid-19, the most in Africa.

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