In what comes as heartening news for cricket fans and especially fans of South Africa and England, the three-match One-day International series is all set to go ahead after the home side returned negative in the latest round of Covid tests on Saturday.
The first ODI between the Proteas and the Eoin Morgan-led England was supposed to take place at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. But the game had to be called off an hour before its scheduled start after an unnamed player from the South African contingent tested positive for the deadly contagion.
With England raising concerns over the security of the bio-bubble in Cape Town and amid fear of the proliferation of the virus, Cricket South Africa and its counterparts rescheduled the game to Sunday subjected to the results of another round of tests on Saturday.
Following the tests, Cricket South Africa announced on Saturday that the emergency screening that took place at a shared team hotel in Cape Town did not show any signs of the spread of the virus in the camp.
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce that the entire Proteas team has returned negative results from the Covid-19 tests that were conducted yesterday evening in Cape Town ahead of the three-match, Betway One-Day International (ODI) series against England. The series opener will get underway as scheduled at Eurolux Boland Park on Sunday at 1000.” CSA said in an official press-release on Saturday.
The #Proteas have faced England in 63 ODIs. Only winning two more than the English over the years, this is one of the game’s longest lasting rivalries. ?
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 5, 2020
The series opener will now take place on Sunday in Paarl followed by back-to-back One-day Internationals at Newlands, Cape Town, on 7th and 9th December respectively.