Cricket Australia are still looking forward to sending their team in February next year for the three-Test match series and are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the nation. South Africa suffered a major jolt on Monday when the ODI series between them and England was called off on medical grounds. While the three-match T20 series was able to take place smoothly, it could not happen the same with ODIs.
England and South African cricket boards decided to abandon the ODI series after a handful of players suffered an infection to the disease within the team’s bio-secure bubble. It has indeed come as a significant blow to the Proteas, who will also host Pakistan and Sri Lanka next year. Australia, who will play three Tests in South Africa, have yet to fix the dates with the South African authorities.
A spokesman from Cricket Australia conceded that the visit to the African nation is part of the World Test Championship and the Future Tours Program. Hence, they will continue to plan for the tour and monitor the bio-security situation.
“The tour of South Africa is part of the World Test Championship and the Future Tour Program. We will continue to plan for the tour and monitor the biosecurity situation,” a CA spokesman said as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
South Africa’s instances of COVID-19 cases:
Meanwhile, South Africa has recorded over 800000 cases or infections in the nation along with 21000 fatalities. While the cases count in England is much more than the former, the ECB hosted the West Indies, Pakistan, and Australia last year successfully. At the same time, India’s tour of Australia has also undergone smoothly so far. Concurrently, West Indies’ ongoing tour of New Zealand has proceeded without any predicament too.