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SA vs ENG: Another South African player tests positive for Covid-19, has been isolated, says CSA

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A second South African cricketer has tested positive for Covid-19 just days ahead of their home series against England and a warm-up game scheduled for Saturday was called off

This is the second player to be tested positive from South Africa’s 24-member squad. (Reuters Photo)

Another South African cricketer has tested positive for Covid-19, Cricket South Africa said in a statement on Friday.

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This is the second player to be tested positive from their 24-member squad for the home series against England that is scheduled to begin on November 27. Because of this, their inter-squad warm-up match ahead of the England series was called off.

On Thursday, one unnamed player of the South African cricket team had returned positive and he along with two others, who were considered close contacts, were placed under isolation.

The Board said the positive result of the second player is “unrelated to the first one” and the player has been provided “separate, appropriate accommodation with immediate effect.”

“Cricket South Africa would like to reiterate that it will not release names of affected players because of doctor-patient confidentiality,” a statement said.

“Team management and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are in close communication with their counterparts from the England Cricket Board (ECB) to ensure full transparency and the most responsible plan of action going forward.”

Warm-up match cancelled

With the warm-up game scheduled on Saturday cancelled, Marco Marais and Stefan Tait who were called up to assist the team for the practice match will no longer be joining the squad.

The entire England team has returned negative after being tested on their arrival in Cape Town. The visitors will play their practice match in Newlands on Saturday.

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South Africa will host England for three T20Is and as many ODIs in the limited over series in what would be their first international assignment in eight months.

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