South Africa vs England ODI called off after player tests positive for coronavirus

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South Africa vs England ODI called off after player tests positive for coronavirus

South Africa vs England: The first ODI was due to take place at Newlands in Cape Town (Image: GETTY)

The first ODI between South Africa and England in Cape Town, due to be played today, has been called off following a positive coronavirus test in the hosts’ camp. The match was due to start at 1pm local time, 11am in the UK. However, a member of the South Africa squad has returned a positive test for Covid-19.

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South Africa vs England ODI called off after player tests positive for coronavirus

South Africa vs England: The first ODI at Newlands has been called off (Image: GETTY)

The three-match series will still go ahead and the match will be moved to Sunday.

The second ODI was meant to take place on Sunday, but that will now be on Monday, with the final match of the series next Wednesday.

A joint statement from each side’s cricket board reads: “Cricket South Africa and the England and Wales Cricket Board would like to announce the postponement of the first Betway One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series to Sunday, 06 December 2020.

“This decision results from a player from the Proteas team testing positive for Covid-19 after the teams’ last round of scheduled testing performed on Thursday ahead of the ODIs.

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“In the interests of the safety and well-being of both teams, match officials and all involved in the match, the Acting CEO of CSA, Kugandrie Govender as well as the CEO of the ECB, Tom Harrison, have agreed to postpone the first fixture to Sunday.”

England won the three-game T20 series against the same opponents earlier this week.

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Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran have been rested for the ODIs following their participation in the IPL in October and November.

Ahead of the ODI series, England skipper Morgan was asked about the coded messages being sent from the balcony by the team’s analyst Nathan Leamon during the T20 matches.

South Africa vs England ODI called off after player tests positive for coronavirus

South Africa vs England: Eoin Morgan’s side were set to begin the series in Cape Town (Image: GETTY)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticised the approach but Morgan says there is “nothing untoward” with the messages.

“It’s 100 per cent within the spirit of the game,” said Morgan.

“There’s no real signals. There’s always been constant communication, verbal or physical, from the changing room to us on field to help improve my decisions as captain and Jos Buttler’s decision as vice-captain.

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“It’s about maximising information that we are taking in and measuring it against coaches recommendations, the data of what’s going on.

“There weren’t many decisions that varied from mine. There were three in the first game, two in the second and a couple in the third.

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“We’re definitely going to continue with it and give it an enough sample size to see if it makes a difference or improves our decision-making on the field or our performance.”

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