England vs South Africa postponed after player tests positive for coronavirus

England's opening ODI with South Africa has been postponed after a home player tested positive for coronavirus.

The news broke just over an hour before the game was scheduled to start with neither side appearing at Newlands to even begin their warm ups.

It is unclear who the South African player is, but both teams and officials were tested on Thursday to ensure a clean bill of health before the ODI series started in the same way they were before the T20 series.

The first match of the ODI series will now take place on Sunday with a game squeezed in on Monday to help complete the series that finished on Wednesday.

In a statement Cricket South Africa said: "Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) would like to announce the postponement of the first Betway One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series to Sunday, 06 December 2020.

"This decision results from a player from the Proteas team testing positive for COVID-19 after the teams’ last round of scheduled testing performed on Thursday ahead of the ODIs.

"In the interests of the safety and well-being of both teams, match officials and all involved in the match, the Acting CEO of CSA, Kugandrie Govender as well as the CEO of the ECB, Tom Harrison, have agreed to postpone the first fixture to Sunday."

It is the third positive case in the Protea camp who had previously had to isolate four players which may explain the sudden unavailability of David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo during the T20 series.

The South African team have been sharing the same Vineyard Hotel as the England team albeit in a different part of the grounds and it is understood that Eoin Morgan's squad returned another full set of negative results.

Cases of Covid 19 have been on the increase in Cape Town with discussions ongoing over whether to introduce a second lockdown to try and get things under control.

The Covid breach in what is supposed to be a bio-secure bubble will be of huge concern to both teams who have been confined to either their hotel, the grounds or a nearby golf course that has been made available.

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