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England’s tour goes from bad to worse



The Covid outbreak within the England camp, which rose from four to six during the Boxing Day Test, has grown again as another family member tested positive — bringing the total number of cases to seven.Catch every moment of The Ashes live and ad-break free during play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now.Silverwood — who is under pressure to keep his job — must isolate in Melbourne with his family for 10 days, meaning he won’t be able to take charge of the team for the Test at the SCG, which starts on Wednesday January 5.The head coach isn’t the only key member of the England camp to be affected. Journalist Will Macpherson of the Evening Standard reports bowling coach Jon Lewis, spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel and strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness are also in isolation because of the Covid outbreak.Batting coach Graham Thorpe will assume head coach responsibilities for the Sydney Test, which will see Joe Root and his men try to restore some pride after being thrashed by an innings and 14 runs in Melbourne.“Following the latest round of PCR tests administered to the England Men’s touring party on Wednesday 29 December, one family member has tested positive,” England said in a statement.“As a result of the positive test, England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood will have to isolate for 10 days, along with his family, in Melbourne and will miss the fourth Ashes Test due to start in Sydney on Wednesday 5 January 2022.“A fourth successive round of PCR tests will be administered today (Thursday).“The touring party have recorded seven positive cases – three support staff and four family members – since a PCR testing regime was implemented on Monday 27 December.“Both teams – England and Australia – are due to fly to Sydney via a chartered flight on Friday morning.”More to come …

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