Cricket news - Another South Africa player tests positive for COVID-19

South Africa are set to take on England in a limited-overs series that starts on November 27

South Africa are set to take on England in a limited-overs series that starts on November 27

A second South Africa player has tested positive for COVID-19, a media release from Cricket South Africa revealed on Friday (November 20). The said player, whose identity has been kept under wraps to preserve confidentiality, is understood to have been isolated from the rest of the squad preparing for the forthcoming limited-overs series against England. The team's medical and support staff will monitor the player to ensure his physical health and mental well-being.

The inter-squad practice match scheduled for Saturday (November 21) now stands cancelled with CSA confirming the release of Marco Marais and Stefan Tait who were called up to the camp to assist the team in their preparation for the practice match after the results of the first COVID-19 testing on Monday.

"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," CSA stated in a media release.

England, whose squad has returned negative COVID-19 results so far, are scheduled to play a practice game on Saturday before the three-match T20I series begins on November 27. It will be followed by three ODIs. All matches will be played between Newlands and Paarl.