• Two of five positive tests are members of England’s tour party
  • They may be left behind to self-isolate if test results confirmed

England captain Eoin Morgan talks with Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood during a net Session at Newlands in Cape Town.

England captain Eoin Morgan (centre) talks with Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood during a net Session at Newlands in Cape Town.
Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

England’s tour of South Africa has been called off without the one-day series being played following the recent outbreak of Covid-19 at the team hotel.

The players and support staff were informed of the early departure at a team meeting on Monday afternoon and are now preparing to leave Cape Town. Their original charter flight was due to depart on Thursday.

It follows an apparent loss of faith in the bio-secure arrangements laid on by Cricket South Africa and the cancellation of the one-day internationals at Newlands on Friday and in Paarl on Sunday, with five positive test results emerging during that time.

These include one South African player, two members of the England touring party and two members of staff at the Vineyard hotel that is being shared by both teams. South Africa also had two positive cases before the Twenty20 series that was successfully staged, with a 10-day gap between these and the latest outbreak.

“The decision was taken jointly by the two boards to ensure the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams,” read a joint statement from Cricket South Africa and the England & Wales Cricket Board. “The CSA and ECB will now work together to determine when the three-match series, which forms part of the ICC Cricket Men’s Super League, can take place in the future.”

Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, added: “We have always maintained that the welfare of our players and management is paramount.

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