England given all-clear to resume third Ashes Test after Covid scare

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England are set to resume their third Ashes Test in Australia despite a number of positive Covid-19 test results reportedly arising in the tourists’ camp.

England players and coaching staff were tested after an initial positive result by a “family group” member on Sunday, and they were soon give the all-clear to travel to Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) ahead of day two of the series’ third Test.

A small number of coaching staff and two players outside the starting XI are understood to have remained at the team hotel as a precaution – despite reportedly testing negative for coronavirus – while the number of positive test results among the larger group is said to have reached four, affecting two support staff and two family members.

“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,” read an official statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Sunday evening.

“We will provide more information in due course.”

A second statement soon followed, reading: “The England team have been given the all clear to travel to the MCG and we are about to set off from the team hotel.”

The series has been able to go ahead as planned so far despite rising case numbers in Australia, which has adopted a more stringent approach to restrictions than the UK throughout the pandemic.

Australia captain Pat Cummins was ruled out of the second Test after being ‘pinged’ when it emerged he had sat next to a Covid carrier during a restaurant meal on the eve of the game.

England lost the first two Tests and started the Boxing Day Test poorly, bowled out for 185 on day one before Australia closed on 61 for one.

Additional reporting by PA.

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