Ashes 2021-2022, 3rd Test: Four members of England Contingent tested positive for COVID-19

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Ashes 2021-2022, 3rd test: Four members of England Contingent tested positive for COVID-19

Ashes 2021-2022, 3rd Test: Two members of England’s support staff & two family members of the support staff have tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the game on Day 2 of the boxing day test in Melbourne.

However, positive cases didn’t affect the commencement of the game as all the players were tested for COVID-19 just before the start of the game & all of them returned with negative results. Although the game was delayed by 30 minutes as the entire England team was undergoing PCR tests & thus arrived late on the grounds.

The England touring contingent will undergo a full round of PCR tests later on Monday while extra precautions will be taken during the game.

“Cricket Australia has been informed that two members of the England cricket team’s support staff and two of their family members have returned a positive Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test,” a CA statement said.

“The affected individuals are currently isolating. The entire playing group and all other support staff have undertaken Rapid Antigen Tests this morning and all have tested negative. The England cricket team will also have PCR tests today, and both teams will take extra precautions throughout the play. Both playing squads remain unchanged.

“There is currently no further impact on fans or other parts of the venue. Cricket Australia and the MCC will continue to monitor the situation and follow the endorsed Victorian Government Covid-Safe Event Plan”, Cricket Australia added in his statement.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley spoke shortly after the commencement of the game on day two. He was confident that the game & the series could continue as per the schedule.

“They’ll go undergo PCR tests,” Hockley said. “We’ll work on the basis of all the available information that we have. But certainly the medical advisers, on the basis of this morning’s precaution, they felt it appropriate to continue with the match.”

Meanwhile, New South Wales registered 6,324 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. Despite the increasing number of cases in Sydney South Wales, Nick Hockley is confident that the fourth Test will be played from January 5 without any hindrance.

“No, I don’t think so,” Hockley said. “I think we’ve shown that we’ve got great confidence in the protocols. They are increasing case numbers in New South Wales and in Sydney. We’ve got an exclusive property for the playing group. We are flying there by charter. This is something that we’re all having to live with. So again, [we’re] just extremely appreciative to the medical staff, both squads, both sets of playing groups for adhering to the protocols which are designed to keep everybody safe”, Hockley added in his statement.

Coming back to the Ashes series, Australia won the first two Tests of the series to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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