4th December 2020



Cricket: South Africa player catches coronavirus; England all clear

Three South Africa players are self-isolating after a positive coronavirus result (Picture: Getty)

One player in the South Africa squad has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the white-ball tour against England, with two others also self-isolating after coming in close contact with him.

Cricket South Africa confirmed in a statement that the positive result came back among 50 tests conducted on players and support staff before the squad enters a bio-secure bubble in Cape Town.

South Africa’s series against England starts on November 27 and sees the teams face off in three IT20 matches and three ODIs, all taking place behind closed doors.

The three players self-isolating – who have not been named – are showing no symptoms of COVID-19.

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England’s squad arrived in South Africa on Tuesday and all the players tested negative for coronavirus after tests were carried out shortly after their chartered flight landed.

The England players have now begun a ten-day quarantine period and will train at the Newlands cricket ground before joining the South Africa squad in the same hotel in Cape Town.

The tour is England’s first overseas since the pandemic hit – they faced West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia at home last summer – while South Africa have not played any cricket since March.

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