Covid scare hits England cricket team after positive test during Ashes

England cricket team given the all-clear to travel to the third Ashes Test in Melbourne after they were dealt a Covid scare when a family member of the team contracted the virus

  • The England cricket team had to wait on covid-19 tests after a possible outbreak 
  • On Sunday England Cricket confirmed a positive in the team’s family group
  • Joe Root’s side anxiously waited on rapid flow results before getting the all-clear
  • News reached the touring party as they sat on the team bus to make the short journey from the Park Hyatt hotel to the MCG for the second day’s play 

The Ashes suffered a Covid scare on Sunday night after one of the England players’ family members tested positive for the virus.

News reached Joe Root’s touring party as they sat on the team bus to make the short journey from the Park Hyatt hotel to the MCG for the second day’s play of the third Test.

And with just over an hour to go before the scheduled start, the players – by now back in their hotel rooms – were still awaiting the results of their rapid lateral flow tests.

The England camp are waiting on Covid test results following a positive in the family group

But with speculation swirling that the game might go the way of the fifth Test at Old Trafford this summer, which was postponed when India pulled out citing Covid concerns, it emerged that the tests administered to England’s players had all come back negative, and they were on their way to the ground – though it was unclear whether play would start on time.

As a precaution, some members of England’s coaching staff stayed back at the hotel, along with two substitute fielders – though none tested positive or showed symptoms. Some were deemed as close contacts of the infected family member. 

Covid cases in the state of Victoria have been on the rise ever since the omicron variant was first detected in Australia in late November.

Joe Root’s men had to wait for negative lateral flow tests before continuing onto the MCG

On Boxing Day, the state recorded nearly 2,000 new cases, and there are fears that the fifth Test in Tasmania – which has operated tighter restrictions than either Victoria or New South Wales, who are hosting the fourth Test at Sydney – may yet be jeopardised. 

The cancellation of any of the remaining three games would entail a multi-million dollar loss for Cricket Australia.

To add to the uncertainty, a member of the Seven Network, one of Australia’s host TV broadcasters, tested positive last night. The person was said to be asymptomatic and has been in isolation since the result of the test.

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