South Africa confirm two positive Covid-19 cases before Sri Lanka series

South Africa have confirmed two unnamed players have tested positive for Covid-19 before their two-match Test series against Sri Lanka that starts in Pretoria on Boxing Day , forcing the call-up of a trio of players as replacements. The positive tests were announced on Friday, each day before the team is thanks to enter a bio-bubble on the Highveld and follows variety of cases in domestic cricket that have sparked alarm. “The players will not form a part of the Test team and can observe the Covid-19 protocols, including isolating with immediate effect,” Cricket South Africa said during a statement. “CSA also can confirm that no other players within the currently named squad were deemed close contacts after contact tracing procedures were conducted.”

South Africa confirm two positive Covid-19 cases before Sri Lanka series
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South Africa have confirmed two unnamed players have tested positive for Covid-19 before their two-match Test series against Sri Lanka that starts in Pretoria on Boxing Day , forcing the call-up of a trio of players as replacements. The positive tests were announced on Friday, each day before the team is thanks to enter a bio-bubble on the Highveld and follows variety of cases in domestic cricket that have sparked alarm.

“The players will not form a part of the Test team and can observe the Covid-19 protocols, including isolating with immediate effect,” Cricket South Africa said during a statement. “CSA also can confirm that no other players within the currently named squad were deemed close contacts after contact tracing procedures were conducted.”

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The selectors have added uncapped batsman Raynard van Tonder, seamer Lutho Sipamla and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius to the squad. Former South Africa Under-19 captain Van Tonder, 22, has been during a rich vein of form within the domestic four-day competition, scoring 604 runs at a mean 67.11 this season, including a double-hundred just in the week . Sipamla has been capped before in white-ball cricket but earns his first Test call-up, while Pretorius has recovered from a hamstring injury that had made him a doubt for the series.

Cricket South Africa postponed the newest set of four-day domestic games that were scheduled to be played from Dec. 20-23 after variety of cases were revealed within the previous round of matches, during which some members of the Test squad played.

The positive tests are more Covid woe for the country’s cricket team after England postponed a One-Day International series earlier this month over concerns around their bio-secure environment.

Sri Lanka have already expressed some nervousness over the tour as they host England during a money-spinning two-Test home series that starts just seven days after the completion of the second Test against South Africa . That second Test takes place in Johannesburg from Jan. 3.(ANE)