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Players test positive, England call off SA tour midway

England's ongoing tour of South Africa was officially called off on Monday (December 7) after members from both teams and some of the staff at the team-hotel tested positive for Covid-19.

England, who beat the hosts 3-0 in the Twenty20 International series, will return home without playing any of the three scheduled One-Day Internationals. The ODIs, which were a part of the ICC's new Super League - a qualification process for the 2023 World Cup - could now be played at a later date.

The opening match of the ODI series (originally scheduled to be played in Newlands last Friday) was postponed thrice in four days before the two boards (ECB and CSA) decided on the fate of the tour.

One South African player had tested positive, before two England players returned 'unconfirmed positive tests', along with some of the hotel staff in the bio-bubble.

"Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to postpone the remaining matches in the current Betway One-Day International (ODI) Series," the 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."

England's next overseas assignments include two Tests in Sri Lanka and a longer Test, plus limited-overs series vs India next year.