England passes last-minute Covid tests after family member tested positive
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The grim Ashes tour of England was in disarray on the second morning of the Boxing Day test when the entire group was forced to wait at the team hotel due to a positive test among members of the family on tour with the team.
A series of lateral flows were ordered and came back negative, allowing them to make their way to the MCG with a delayed start of Day 2 expected as a result.
England had a tough opening day, being eliminated for 185 before Australia reached 61 for one.
On the second morning, the entire group was tested for Covid-19 after a single positive result from an unnamed individual, meaning the group remained at the team hotel pending their results.
“The England team and management are currently at the team hotel awaiting RFT COVID test results following a positive test in the team’s family group,” one reads. brief statement from the ECB. “We will provide more information in due course.”
It was one of two Covid dramas on the second morning as Channel 7 revealed that a member of its broadcast staff tested positive.
The rest of the team were placed in segregation pending their results, with a new crew brought in.
Most of the English players have partners or children with them on tour during the Christmas period. Some have been with the group since the start of the tour, while others have joined the group in Melbourne.
Their ability to travel was a major sticking point in planning the tour.
The series’ shift around Christmas and New Years in Melbourne and Sydney has always posed a greater danger to the series, with Covid being more prevalent in these cities than in other parts of Australia.
England last week successfully pleaded for their living conditions to be relaxed by Cricket Australia.
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