No England player positive from ECB virus tests ahead of WI series

25 Jun 2020

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MANCHESTER: A general view of play during day two of a West Indies warm-up match at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Top-level cricket is being played for the first time in the world since the March coronavirus lockdown, as West Indies began their intra-squad warm-up match here.—AP
MANCHESTER: A general view of play during day two of a West Indies warm-up match at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Top-level cricket is being played for the first time in the world since the March coronavirus lockdown, as West Indies began their intra-squad warm-up match here.—AP

LONDON: No England cricketer tested positive for the coronavirus prior to a training group assembling at the Ageas Bowl ahead of next month’s Test series against the West Indies, it was announced Wednesday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said all results came back negative from 702 tests carried out on players, support staff, match officials, ECB staff, venue staff and hotel staff from June 3-23.

However, that figure does not include the second test of England fast bowler Jofra Archer, whose result will be known on Thursday.

The three-match series, which will mark the return of international cricket from lockdown, begins at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl on July 8, with the other two matches taking place at Old Trafford.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that 702 Covid-19 tests were carried out between June 3 and June 23 with several stakeholder groups working at the bio-secure venues of the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford,” said a statement.

“These groups include players, support staff, match officials, ECB staff, venue staff and hotel staff. We can confirm that all 702 tests were negative.” Although Archer has not tested positive, the ECB said Tuesday he would have to have another check-up after a member of his household — who are all also free of Covid-19 — felt unwell over the weekend.

The West Indies, none of whose touring side have yet to contract the virus, continued their preparations with the second day of a three-day intra-squad match at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Published in Dawn, June 25th, 2020