SA vs ENG ODI series Canceled: The ODI series between England and South Africa (SA vs ENG) has been canceled after the COVID-19 havoc in Cape Town on Monday as some players along with the staff from both teams are infected from the deadly coronavirus. Now, today's news will now force us to think about the rest of the tour, which started with England winning a T20I series 3-0. The growing anxiety amongst all players about the integrity of a bio-bubble has been increased. And finally, it is confirmed by the CSA and ECB and the series was eventually called-off on Monday afternoon, according to the local time in SA.
The decision to cancel the series was made by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA). The decision was taken jointly by the two Boards to ensure the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams. Both the boards issued a statement saying, "This decision was taken to ensure the mental and physical health of the players of both teams."
Cricket South Africa admitted that "Following the test results, two members of the England touring party have returned unconfirmed positive tests for COVID-19," CSA said in a statement on Sunday. "The players and management are now self-isolating in their rooms until further advice from the medical teams," CSA admitted.
Ashley Giles, the director of cricket, says did not meet their expectations. Five individuals within the bubble were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 over recent days, "A decision on the remaining matches in the series will be taken once the results of the tests are ratified independently by medical experts," it added.
CSA and the ECB have agreed to postpone the remaining matches in the current @betway ODI Series. The decision was taken jointly by the two Boards to ensure the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams. #Proteas #SAvENG #BetwayODI #SeeUsOnThePitch pic.twitter.com/p6I0IRE8PC— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 7, 2020
Earlier, the three-match ODI series opening match which was due to begin in Cape Town on Friday was postponed when it emerged that a player from the home side tested COVID-19 positive. The game was moved further to Sunday but now it has been called off again in Paarl.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(C/WK), Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, George Linde, Temba Bavuma, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Junior Dala, Heinrich Klaasen, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(C), Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler(WK), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Lewis Gregory, Olly Stone, Reece Topley