Boxing Day Ashes Test rocked by COVID-19 scare

Day Two of the Boxing Day Ashes Test has been rocked by a COVID-19 scare just hours before play was set to get underway.

A member of the England cricket team’s family group returned a positive test to the virus this morning.

As a result, all players were told to remain locked down in their hotel rooms whilst they underwent rapid COVID-19 tests.


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“The England team and management are currently at the team hotel awaiting results of RFT COVID tests following a positive test in the team’s family group,” England said in a statement.

Fortunately, the players were given the all-clear around 9.45am local time and have now arrived at the MCG.

It’s understood play will now get underway at 11.00am local time.

The positive test within the team’s family group came after Channel Seven confirmed a journalist working on the Ashes broadcast yesterday also tested positive to the virus.

“There have been a number of changes to today’s production schedule, which will be led by Alistair Nicholson, Andy Maher and Jason Richardson with expert comments from Lisa Sthalekar, Brad Hodge, Callum Ferguson, Michael Atherton and Dirk Nannes,” the Network said in a statement.

“Seven’s number one priority is the health, safety and welfare of all staff and the community.”