Ashes LIVE Updates – Sydney Test Covid-19 Chaos: The 4th test in Sydney Cricket Ground is just two days away and the menace of Covid is increasing by the day. Now, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley has tested positive and will miss the fourth Test – Follow Australia vs England LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN
“After experiencing mild symptoms, I immediately got a PCR test which has since returned a positive result. I am isolating at home with my family, who have returned negative results,” Hockley said in a statement released just before noon on Monday.
“Over recent days, we have seen cases in relation to the Australian men’s Ashes team and some of the BBL teams. It is a reminder of the complexity Covid-19 presents for major sporting events and the importance of being vaccinated, getting a booster as soon as possible, and getting tested as soon as symptoms present themselves.’’
Fortunately, the CA boss had had no “direct contact” with the Australian men’s Test squad, or other teams.
Ashes LIVE Updates: Now Cricket Australia’s CEO tests Covid-19 positive, Sydney Test starts Wednesday: Follow LIVE
AUS ENG Sydney Test: England squad in the Ashes Series is the worst hit by Covid-19. Almost their entire coaching staff including head coach Chris Silverwood has tested positive and will miss the Sydney Test.
Silverwood was already in isolation and Graham Thorpe has been named lead for the 4th Test starting on Monday.
“England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood has tested positive for Covid-19,” a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read as reported by SkySports.
“Silverwood has been isolating in Melbourne since December 30 following a positive test from one of his family members. He will remain in isolation until January 8. Silverwood is asymptomatic and is fully vaccinated,” the statement read further.
Who will coach England team?
- Spin coach Jeetan Patel – Covid Positive
- Fast bowling coach Jon Lewis – Covid Positive
- Strength and Conditioning coach Darren Veness – Covid Positive
- Head Coach Chris Silverwood – In Isolation after Covid positive Test
- Adam Hollioake – Replacement Coach also deemed to be close contact to positive case.
All five will miss the fourth Test in Sydney after being left behind in Melbourne as a result of an outbreak in the camp, and Graham Thorpe will lead the side.
England training session cancelled: England’s preparations for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia took another hit on Sunday after one of its net bowlers tested positive for COVD-19, leading to the cancellation of its training session with other net bowlers deemed as close contacts.
Ashes 2021-22 LIVE Updates: England head coach Chris Silverwood tests positive; training session cancelled as COVID-19 drama continues before Sydney Test : Follow LIVE Updates
AUS ENG Sydney Test – The visiting England team has now lost 5 support staff members including the head-coach to Covid related issues.
Australia also reeling under Travis Head’s positive case: For home team Australia, Travis Head is already out of 4th test match of the series after testing positive.
Usman Khawaja is the leading contender to replace Head. Australia has also named Josh Inglis and Mitch Marsh to the squad for Sydney.
It will be Khawaja’s 1st test after 2019 Ashes.
“Potentially I’ll have one game for Australia here,” the 35-year-old told reporters.
“But I know it’s not going to be the be all, end all. Even if that doesn’t happen, I know there’s still a lot of cricket to come up”
Covid-19 woes for Sydney test doesnt end with this. Even Match Referee David Boon is out of the test after testing positive.
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