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Fresh Covid crisis rocks Boxing Day Test



England’s horror tour went from bad to worse on Sunday as its batters capitulated once again after Australia won the toss and elected to bowl on a green wicket under cloudy skies.Play is scheduled to begin at 10.30am AEDT. More Covid chaos hits the AshesCovid has caused havoc once again with the cricket.England released a statement at around 9.30am AEDT — approximately one hour before the first ball of the day was due to be bowled — saying the team was remaining in its hotel following a positive test result among the family group.The players underwent rapid tests and were staying put while the waited for the results.“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,” the statement said.A member of the Channel 7 broadcast team also tested positive for Covid-19, which will have implications for how the Test is televised.Cricket reporter Daniel Cherny said on Twitter the development means “there will be an entirely different commentary team today” while Seven commentator Alison Mitchell said: “Our @7Cricket Ashes broadcast will sound a little different this morning as most of us wait results of regulatory PCR tests, but no less good, in very capable hands! Such is the world we’re in… Stay safe all.”The drama comes after Covid caused havoc at the second Test in Adelaide. Australian captain Pat Cummins was ruled out and forced to isolate because he was deemed a close contact of a positive case and members of the media also tested positive in the South Australian capital.More to come …

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