Luck is certainly not on the side of England on this Ashes tour. On Monday morning, four members of the English camp were tested positive. Upon knowing the covid +ve cases, the entire England squad underwent Rapid Antigen tests and the start was therefore delayed by 30 minutes.
Former English captain Michael Vaughan who is commentating on Fox sports has called for the Sydney and Hobart test matches to be held at Melbourne in order to minimize the risk of Covid spread. Todd Greenberg, the CEO of the Australian Cricket Association is however hopeful that rapid changes in the venue are not needed and that he is hopeful that the final two matches will go on as scheduled. Speaking to Sen Test Cricket, “I don’t think (there’s any need to change the schedule),” Todd said.
All members of the England and Australian squad will undergo the PCR tests after the day’s play on Monday. “Talking with Cricket Australia, we’re confident we can continue to do what we’re scheduled to do and the protocols aren’t that much difference in Sydney than (what we’re doing) in Melbourne anyway.
The 5th test which has been allocated to Hobart was earlier scheduled at Perth. However, Western Australia’s government refusal for amending the 14-day mandatory isolation, meant that Cricket Australia had to search for another venue.
England is in all sorts of trouble by losing 4 wickets in the last session of the 2nd Day. The bowlers were on point in the morning and restricted Australia to a lead of 82 runs. But the horror show of the English batsman continued in the second innings and they lost even the nightwatchman Jack Leach before the last over of the day. Australia is already 2 – 0 in this Ashes and are likely to win the Melbourne Test too.