South Africa-England ODI series indefinitely postponed over coronavirus

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The three-match ODI series between South Africa and England has been indefinitely postponed in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The joint announcement from the two boards, which alluded to the “mental and physical health” of the players, came after the rearranged first match in the three-match series on Sunday was cancelled after two members of the England touring party tested positive for the virus.

England will return home having played all three matches in the T20 series but none of three scheduled ODIs.

“Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to postpone the remaining matches in the current One-Day International (ODI) Series,” a joint statement said.

“The decision was taken jointly by the two Boards to ensure the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams.”

Many of the England players spent long stretches during the summer in a bio-secure bubble and some were also confined during the Indian Premier League in the Emirates which followed.