England-South Africa ODI series called off after Covid-19 cases

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England's Ben Stokes plays a shot during the 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

One-day International series against South Africa has been cancelled after reported breaches of the teams’ bio-secure environment in Cape Town, Sky Sports reported on Monday.

One South Africa player and two hotel staff are confirmed Covid-19 cases from within the bio-secure hotel, while England said on Sunday that they had two “unconfirmed positive results” among their touring party.

The news will be a massive financial blow to embattled Cricket South Africa (CSA) and also casts doubt on their ability to host future tours, with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia all set to play in the country in the coming months.

The South Africa team and Vineyard Hotel management said they had investigated how the coronavirus may have been contracted within the bio-secure environment without success, though they denied any players or staff had left the venue without authorisation.