England ODI squad in isolation after COVID outbreak

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A coronavirus outbreak in England’s one-day squad has forced the team into isolation.

Tests on Monday, a day after the side’s last ODI against Sri Lanka in Bristol, revealed seven infections among three players and four staff. None were named.

The England team at their ODI clash with Sri Lanka in Bristol.Credit:AP

The squad has gone into isolation dating from Sunday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.

The six-match limited-overs series against Pakistan, starting on Wednesday with the first ODI in Cardiff, was still due to go ahead.

England planned to name a new squad to be captained by Ben Stokes.

“We have been mindful that the emergence of the delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of bio-secure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said.

“We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions.”

AP

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