South Africa v England: first ODI abandoned after Covid positives | Sport


England’s one-day series against South Africa will get under way in the roasting temperatures of Paarl on Sunday following a nervous 24-hour wait that once again highlighted the fragility of staging international tours during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 50-over leg of the trip was plunged into doubt on Friday when the latest positive Covid case among the home side led to the first ODI in Cape Town being called off less than 90 minutes before the toss. England’s players were on the two team buses, about to enter the gates at Newlands.

With concerns from the tourists about the integrity of the biosecure bubble set up at the Vineyard hotel, where the two teams are staying in separate wings and barred from mixing socially, Cricket South Africa ordered a fresh round of Covid tests for their players on Friday evening.

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