South Africa affirm two constructive COVID-19 circumstances forward of Sri Lanka collection

The selectors have added uncapped batsman Raynard van Tonder, seamer Lutho Sipamla and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius to the squad.

South Africa have confirmed two unnamed gamers have examined constructive for COVID-19 forward of their two-match Take a look at collection in opposition to Sri Lanka that begins in Pretoria on Boxing Day, forcing the call-up of a trio of gamers as replacements.

The constructive assessments had been introduced on Friday, a day earlier than the staff is because of enter a bio-bubble on the Highveld and follows plenty of circumstances in home cricket which have sparked alarm.

“The gamers will now not kind a part of the take a look at staff and can observe the COVID-19 protocols, together with isolating with instant impact,” Cricket South Africa stated in an announcement.

“CSA may also affirm that no different gamers within the at the moment named squad had been deemed shut contacts after contact tracing procedures had been performed.”

The selectors have added uncapped batsman Raynard van Tonder, seamer Lutho Sipamla and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius to the squad.

Former South Africa Underneath-19 captain Van Tonder, 22, has been in a wealthy vein of kind within the home four-day competitors, scoring 604 runs at a mean 67.11 this season, together with a double-hundred simply this week.

Sipamla has been capped earlier than in white-ball cricket however earns his first Take a look at call-up, whereas Pretorius has recovered from a hamstring harm that had made him a doubt for the collection.

Home cricket

Cricket South Africa postponed the most recent set of four-day home video games that had been scheduled to be performed from Dec. 20-23 after plenty of circumstances had been revealed within the earlier spherical of matches, during which some members of the Take a look at squad performed.

The constructive assessments are extra COVID woe for the nation’s cricket staff after England postponed a One-Day Worldwide collection earlier this month over issues round their bio-secure setting.

Sri Lanka have already expressed some nervousness over the tour as they host England in a money-spinning two-Take a look at dwelling collection that begins simply seven days after the completion of the second Take a look at in opposition to South Africa.

That second Take a look at takes place in Johannesburg from Jan. 3.

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