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England team rocked by huge Covid drama



There is still hope they may be able to come to the ground on day two once testing results come back, but as it stands the Boxing Day Test is under a cloud.Sources at the ground are hopeful play could start in a couple of hours time.Catch every moment of The Ashes live and ad-break free during play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now.Channel 7’s commentary team has been caught up in a Covid-19 transmission issue, but that’s not understood to have had any impact on the teams.Australia were at the MCG early on day two, but there was no sign of anyone from the England set-up just over an hour before play was due to start.Usually teams would be warming up on the field at this point in time.It is understood England and Australia are sharing the same hotel. England’s players and staff were ordered to their rooms this morning to undergo a rapid test immediately.The Boxing Day Test is officially on hold with day two under threat.The England Cricket Board could not be contacted for immediate comment but released a statement.“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.”Channel 7 confirmed there was a positive case in its crew – and as a result has brought in a back-up commentary team – led by regular Big Bash League hosts Alistair Nicholson, Andy Maher and Jason Richardson – as its A-graders wait for further advice.The broadcaster will turn to Lisa Sthalekar, Brad Hodge, Callum Ferguson, Michael Atherton and Dirk Nannes for special comments.

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