Second South Africa player positive with COVID-19 ahead of England series

Ruben Hill
November 20, 2020

South Africa will host England for three T20Is and as many ODIs in the limited over series in what would be their first global assignment in eight months.

Officials at Cricket South Africa said the latest player had not come into contact with the rest of the squad because they are observing social distancing at the hotel.

A Cricket South Africa (CSA) statement read: "One player has returned a positive result after the Proteas second, mandatory round of COVID-19 testing ahead of the limited overs tour against England on Thursday. CSA would like to reiterate that it will not release names of affected players because of doctor-patient confidentiality". A second South Africa cricketer has tested positive for the coronavirus, it is announced Friday Nov. 20, 2020, in the buildup to the Twenty20 and ODI series against England that is scheduled to start next Friday Nov. 27. England players need to observe 10 days of quarantine before the games but are being allowed to train at the Newlands cricket ground during the quarantine period.

In the second round of testing a second player has tested positive following a first positive case in testing earlier this week.

But South Africa are now in a battle to stop the virus spreading through their playing staff with less than a week to go before the start of their Twenty20 series with England next Friday. 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.

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

England are staying in the same hotel in Cape Town as the South Africa squad but the two sets of players are kept apart.

All games will be played behind closed doors in either Cape Town or nearby Paarl. No spectators will be allowed to attend any of the games.

The teams will play three Twenty20 matches and three One-Day Internationals between November 27 and December 9, starting with the shortest format.

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