The South Africa squad has returned a full set of adverse Covid-19 outcomes, which means the ODI collection towards England will begin on Sunday after the tour was thrown into doubt by the optimistic take a look at that was introduced shortly earlier than the primary ODI was as a consequence of beginning in Cape City on Friday.
South Africa squad clears Covid-19 tests
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) is happy to announce that the whole Proteas workforce has returned adverse outcomes from the COVID-19 checks that had been carried out last night in Cape City,” a CSA assertion stated on Saturday morning.
All the South Africa squad was retested on Friday night following the confirmed case which introduced into query the security of the biosecure bubble each groups are in. CSA stated it had regarded into the potential for a breach on the workforce lodge and was glad protocols had been being adopted.
If there had been additional optimistic instances to emerge from this newest spherical of testing it’s extremely doubtless that the tour would have been called off.
“There’s a trigger for concern and England has expressed a priority. England is questioning the boldness they’ve within the bio-secure surroundings and rightfully so,” Dr Shuaib Manjra, CSA’s chief medical officer, stated on Friday. “If there was a participant who examined optimistic within the final week, they’ve a trigger for concern, and we respect that concern.
“This take a look at shocked us as a result of now we have confidence within the integrity of the bio-secure surroundings. Additional checks point out that this can be a newer case that occurred inside the bio-secure surroundings. So clearly there appears to be some form of the breach which now we have investigated in nice element to attempt to decide the place this occurred.”
The matches will now happen on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, with England flying again to the UK on Thursday.
South Africa’s first makes an attempt at internet hosting cricket in biosecure surroundings have thus far encountered a number of setbacks. Two gamers, understood to be Andile Phehlukwayo and David Miller, examined optimistic within the build-up to the T20I collection, and the workforce‘s intra-squad warm-up match needed to be cancelled.
A 3rd optimistic consequence when the squad was examined earlier than the ODIs led to the postponement of the opening match an hour earlier than it was as a consequence of begin, and raised the potential for the tour being deserted.
CSA has confirmed that the participant who examined optimistic on Thursday was far away from the squad and never retested. No substitute has been referred to as up, leaving South Africa with 17 gamers to pick out from for the three ODIs.