Two South African players returned positive after COVID-19 tests
The coronavirus continues to hit the South African camp as two players in the Test squad have been tested positive for the virus.
South Africa will host a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, as part of the ICC Test Championship. The series is scheduled to start from December 26, in the form of the Boxing Day Test at Centurion. But the things are looking harder for the proteas in hosting this series too.
Ahead of the Test series, two players from the Test squad have been tested positive with the coronavirus. Cricket South Africa confirmed that with an official statement. The two players are removed from the Test squad with the immediate squad and three more players are added as their cover-up.
“The players will no longer form part of the Test team and will observe the Covid-19 protocols, including isolating with immediate effect” – CSA release said. Batsman Raynard van Tonder, fast bowler Lutho Sipamla and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius have been added to the Test squad which consists of 19 members at the moment.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will land in South Africa tonight, just a couple of days after the final of their inaugural T20 league, Lanka Premier League. Ahead of the Test series, the visitors will play a three-day warm-up game which will start on December 20th.
The issue is not a new thing to Cricket South Africa as already the ODI series they hosted against England, abandoned in the middle due to the rise of coronavirus cases in the South African team. Questions have been raised over the biosecurity protocols in South Africa due to the new cases.