Proteas player tests positive for Covid-19, placed in isolation

South Africa vs England One More South Africa Cricketer Tests COVID-19 Positive

South Africa coach has revealed that AB de Villiers is a part of the team selection discussion, and is in line for a possible return to worldwide cricket.

South Africa on Friday called off their inter-squad warm-up match ahead of the England series after a second player from their 24-member squad tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19.

The South Africa vs England series The series starts next Friday with the first of three Twenty20 games at Cape Town.

According to a statement from Cricket South Africa, all three were asymptomatic. "CSA would like to reiterate that it will not release names of affected players because of doctor-patient confidentiality". The latest positive came in a second round of testing of the South African squad and officials.

CSA also clarified that the inter-squad practice match that was scheduled for Saturday, 21 November has been cancelled.

Both sets of players need to observe 10 days of quarantine before the games but are being allowed to train during that time. Ahead of the white-ball series, one unnamed player of the South African cricket team had returned positive and he along with two others, who were considered close contacts, were placed under isolation.

Delivering biosecure cricket was a major financial and logistical undertaking for the England and Wales Cricket Board last summer and in order to ensure this series goes ahead they agreed to foot the bill for a charter flight to South Africa.

The tour, arranged on short notice after the virus-wreaked havoc affected worldwide cricket fixtures, is England's first trip overseas during the pandemic.

All six matches will be in Cape Town and the nearby city of Paarl to limit travel for players and officials in a country which has the highest number of confirmed virus cases in Africa at more than 750,000. As the home team, they have plenty of players they can call up at short notice as replacements.

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