England coach to miss fourth Ashes Test after COVID outbreak grows

England coach Chris Silverwood will miss the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney after another COVID-19 case was identified in the England camp.

In a statement released a short time ago, England officials confirmed another family member had tested positive to the virus, taking the total number of positive cases in the touring party to seven.

It means Silverwood and his family will now have to isolate for ten days in Melbourne.


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“Following the latest round of PCR tests administered to the England Men’s touring party on Wednesday 29 December, one family member has tested positive,”the statement said.

“As a result of the positive test, England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood will have to isolate for 10 days, along with his family, in Melbourne and will miss the fourth Ashes Test due to start in Sydney on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

“A fourth successive round of PCR tests will be administered today (Thursday).

“The touring party have recorded seven positive cases – three support staff and four family members – since a PCR testing regime was implemented on Monday 27 December.

“Both teams – England and Australia – are due to fly to Sydney via a chartered flight on Friday morning.”

More to come.