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England’s first one-day international in South Africa has again been called off because of positive coronavirus tests, this time from two members of hotel staff.

The game, due to be played on Friday, was postponed after an unnamed South Africa player tested positive.

The home squad was tested again on Friday and all returned negative results.

Sunday’s match in Paarl was abandoned 30 minutes before the 08:00 GMT start.

The England squad were tested on Saturday after the positive tests of the hotel staff, and the ODI was firstly delayed as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it is awaiting “ratification” of those results.

The cancellation was confirmed shortly after, with the status of games due to be played on Monday and Wednesday now in doubt.

England are scheduled to fly home on Thursday.

More to follow.



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