England training session canceled after net thrower tested positive for COVID

England’s preparations for the fourth Ash Test against Australia took another blow on Sunday after one of their net throwers tested positive for COVD-19, resulting in their training session being canceled with other net throwers considered to be close contacts.

Having already conceded the series after three successive defeats, England suffered the final blow just hours after the tourists planned to recruit former captain for a day Adam Hollioake to the coaching staff of the team, media reported here.

The fourth test is scheduled to start on January 5. Earlier in the week, members of the England squad had taken a series of COVID-19 tests just before the second day of the MCG ash test after two of their support staff and two of their families came back positive for the virus.

Due to the positive cases, the start of the game has been delayed. Visitors prepare for the fourth test with a reduced coaching staff after head coach Chris Silverwood was forced into solitary confinement when a family member tested positive for COVID.

Pace Bowling coach Jon Lewis, spin mentor Jeetan Patel and strength and conditioning specialist Darren Veness have also tested positive. He left assistant coach Graham Thorpe in charge of the squad for the upcoming game.

Former England hitter Thorpe is backed by Ant Botha of Nottinghamshire and former England wicket keeper James Foster. Hollioake, a former English captain for a day who lives on the Gold Coast, had been invited to join tourists in Sydney.

However, media said on Sunday that close contact with Hollioake, 50, subsequently tested positive. Australia has seen a spike in COVID cases in recent weeks, as has the rest of the world.


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