South African player tests COVID-19 positive minutes before England ODI

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South African player tests COVID-19 positive minutes before England ODI

Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town. Picture Cricket South Africa 

CAPE TOWN: The first one-day international between South Africa and England, scheduled to be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday, has been postponed after a South African player tested positive for COVID-19.

Cricket South Africa made the announcement just over an hour before the day-night match was due to start.

According to a statement from Cricket South Africa and the England and Wales Cricket Board, the unidentified South African player’s positive status emerged from tests conducted after his team’s final scheduled practice on Thursday.

The statement said the postponement was “in the interests of the safety and well-being of both teams, match officials and all involved in the match.”

The first match will now be a day-game in Paarl on Sunday, when the second match was scheduled.

The second match will be a day-night game at Newlands on Monday, with the series concluding as scheduled with another day-night match at Newlands on Wednesday.

The series forms part of the International Cricket Council’s World Cup Super League.

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