South Africa vs England ODI off following positive Covid-19 test

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England’s first ODI in South Africa has been called off with a member of the home team having tested positive for Covid-19.

The two nations were due to begin the series on Friday with England having won the T20I series 3-0.

A statement confirmed that a South African player tested positive in the latest round of scheduled testing performed on Thursday.

The two teams will still play three ODIs with the series now starting on Sunday. The second clash will take place on Monday with the final meeting on Wednesday.

The statement added: “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.”

The two sides were due to meet at Newlands for the first clash with an 11am UK start time on Friday.

Reports began to surface around 90 minutes before the scheduled start that there may be issues surrounding the match.

And, with a little over an hour until play was due to start, it was confirmed that there would be no action.

England are resting Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes for the ODI portion of the tour following their participation in the IPL in October and November.

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