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England ODI moved to Sunday after Covid-19 case

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England ODI moved to Sunday after Covid-19 case

The first One-Day International (ODI) between South Africa and England has been postponed after a member of the home team's squad was tested positive for Covid-19. "There's a lot of moving parts in a tour such as this and we're trying to control that", said Dr Manjra.

The three-match series will now start at Paarl on Sunday (December 6).

The second match will be a day-night game at Newlands on Monday, with the series concluding as scheduled with another day-night match at Newlands on Wednesday.

"This is the more recent case that occurred within the bio-safe environment so there is some kind of breach, which we investigated in detail to try and determine where this happened".

Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town.

"England is questioning the confidence they have in the bio-secure environment - and rightfully so".

Ashley Giles, managing director of England men's cricket, said the health and safety of the England players and management was the number one priority.

The first ODI was scheduled to be played at Newlands, Cape Town, and it was part of a three-match series that capped off England's tour that began with a three-match Twenty20 worldwide series.

But it is a huge blow in particular for the South Africans who stand to make £3million in broadcasting venue for staging six white-ball matches behind closed doors.

"I can categorically state that no player was able to leave the hotel environment, simply by virtue of the fact there's security around and the security will not allow a player to leave unless that player is leaving in an official assigned vehicle with an official driver", he said.

England's touring party hasn't announced any positive tests.

The re-scheduled ODI series will mean that the teams play back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday.

Two South Africa players tested positive for coronavirus before the T20 series while several others were put into isolation having come into close contact.

"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", a statement from CSA read.

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