England was rocked by a serious Covid scare forward of day two of the third Ashes Check Monday with 4 members of the staff camp — two assist employees and two members of the family — testing optimistic for coronavirus. The staff and administration have been pressured to endure pressing fast antigen checks simply as they have been about to depart their lodge for the Melbourne Cricket Floor. They got the all-clear barely 45 minutes earlier than play was as a result of start, with the beginning pushed again half an hour till 11am (0000 GMT) to provide them an opportunity to warm-up.
“Cricket Australia has been knowledgeable that two members of the England Cricket staff’s assist employees and two of their members of the family have returned a optimistic Covid-19 fast antigen take a look at,” it mentioned in a press release.
“The affected people are at present isolating.
“The whole taking part in group and all different assist employees have undertaken fast antigen checks this morning and all have examined unfavourable,” it mentioned.
“The England Cricket staff can even have PCR checks right this moment, and each groups will take further precautions all through play. Each taking part in squads stay unchanged.”
Australian broadcaster, the Seven Community, additionally mentioned there had been a optimistic case amongst its employees working on the Melbourne Cricket Floor, forcing last-minute adjustments to their commentary staff.
Australia head into day two on 61 for one in reply to England’s 185 all out.
After heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, England should win in Melbourne to maintain the five-Check sequence alive, with Australia solely needing a draw to retain the urn as holders.
Australia captain Pat Cummins mentioned the dramatic occasions have been an indication of the instances.
“It sort of feels like the previous few years, would not it?” he instructed sports activities broadcaster SEN.
“But it surely’s an indication of the instances, you have to be fairly versatile.”
Coronavirus impacted the second Check at Adelaide with Cummins dominated out simply earlier than the beginning for being in shut contact with a optimistic Covid-19 case.
Two members of the media masking the match additionally examined optimistic.
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