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CSA, ECB postpone 2nd ODI

The COVID saga has put remaining of South Africa vs England series in jeopardy. The representative boards have decided to postpone the second ODI.

The first ODI in Paarl was abandoned on Sunday (December 6), two later after the fixture was postponed from Friday’s clash in Cape Town.

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The second and third ODIs in Cape Town were scheduled for December 7 and 9.

South Africa had two positive COVID-19 cases before the start of T20I series, which successfully ended with England winning by 3-0. Things got escalated when another South African player tested positive before Friday’s fixture.

Later, two hotel staff joined the list after a round of testing on Friday. England and South Africa underwent another round of testing on Saturday which resulted all negative for the hosts but England received two ‘unconfirmed’ COVID-19 cases.

England and Wales Cricket Board are awaiting ratification of the two cases.

A joint statement from Cricket South Africa and ECB said, “The 2nd One Day International between South Africa and England, which is due to take place at Newlands, Cape Town, will now not take place on Monday 7 December.

“The decision has been taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) whilst they await the outcome of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp and the continued health and wellbeing of both playing groups. 

“Once the findings of this review have been received, CSA and ECB will then discuss how best to proceed concerning the remaining two matches of this ODI Series.”

South Africa are scheduled to host Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia as well in the summer 2020-21.

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