Test Match Continues: After two members of England’s support staff and two family members tested positive for. Covid, the game was delayed by 30 minutes.
Before play on day two of the. Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, two members of England’s support staff and two family members of the support staff reported positive Covid-19 fast antigen tests.
The Test match went ahead as planned after all of the players tested negative in quick testing
Albeit there are still doubts about how the series will proceed. The England touring squad will be subjected to a full set of. PCR tests later on Monday, with extra safeguards taken during the game.
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According to Cricket Australia:
Test Match Continues: England cricket team’s support personnel, as well as two of their family members, have tested positive for Covid-19 Rapid Antigen,” “Affected people are currently isolating themselves.”
This morning, the entire playing group, as well as all additional support workers, had Rapid Antigen Tests, and all of them came back negative. The starting lineups for both teams haven’t changed.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley spoke to the media shortly after play resumed on day two, expressing confidence in the game and series’ continuation.
On Monday, New South Wales reported 6,324 new Covid cases, up from 97,241 on Boxing Day. Despite the higher case numbers in Sydney, Hockley was sure that the fourth Test. Which begins on January 5, would not be jeopardized.
The players ultimately came and began their warm-up in dribs and drabs. But did briefly huddle in the centre in a semi-socially separated huddle. The Australians were unaffected because they got at the ground on time and began warming up in the nets.