OFF | Proteas v England 1st ODI cancelled, series in doubt

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have cancelled Sunday’s opening One-Day International which was due to take place in Paarl.

TWO HOTEL MEMBERS TESTED POSITIVE IN ENGLAND BIO-BUBBLE

This comes after England players and management underwent an additional round of PCR tests on Saturday evening after two members of the hotel staff tested positive for Covid-19.

England’s tour of SA has been blighted by positive Covid-19 tests – mainly from the Proteas’ camp – despite strict bio-bubble conditions.

Two unnamed Proteas players – reported however to be David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo – failed Covid-19 tests prior to the T20 series (which England won comprehensively 3-0).

A third yet to be named Protas player then tested positive prior to Friday’s original ODI at Newlands, resulting in that match being postponed to Sunday.

The latest news then say the match cancelled altogether, leaving just two matches remaining – both at Newlands on Monday and Wednesday.

England have a charter flight scheduled for Thursday, December 10, leaving the remainder of the tour in serious doubt.

SQUADS:

South Africa

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

England

Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wkt), Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

AMENDED ODI SERIES DATES:

Monday, December 7, 2nd ODI, Newlands – 14:00

Wednesday, December 9, 3rd ODI, Newlands – 13:00

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