England and Yorkshire all-rounder David Willey had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. The England all-rounder, who has been representing Yorkshire in the Vitality T20 Blast, took to Twitter to make the announcement.
“Thank you for all the kind messages,” Willey tweeted. “My wife and I received positive COVID test results. Gutted to be missing the remaining games. Even more devastated that having been in contact with the other three lads Sat morning (before we had symptoms) means they’re at risk and unavailable too.”
Yorkshire County Cricket Club had announced that other than David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden, and Matthew Fisher would miss their remaining Vitality Blast group games after one of them had tested positive.
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YCCC can confirm that Matthew Fisher, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden and David Willey will be unavailable for the remaining Vitality Blast group matches after a positive COVID test was received #OneRose
— Yorkshire CCC (@YorkshireCCC) September 16, 2020
Kunwar Bansil, Yorkshire’s lead physiotherapist said, “Although it is disappointing that we will be without four key players, we have a duty of care to the wider squad and others.
“The health and well-being of the players and support staff is the club’s primary responsibility, as well as protecting the opposition, the integrity of the competition, and playing our part in keeping the wider community safe.”
Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s head coach, said, “We were hoping one of the four lads would have their test back, which would have enabled the rest of them to play. They were sat outside the ground until 5.30 pm waiting on a text, but unfortunately, it didn’t come.
“With the guidelines in place, the physios and club doctor said they couldn’t take part in the game unless that one person tested negative. Unfortunately, it didn’t come through. I fully expect it to be negative, but you just don’t know – you have to be careful.”
It has been a rough past few weeks for David Willey, who tweeted the following after England’s series defeat to Australia:
Get called back up to play for @englandcricket
Get left out of @englandcricket squad
Leave the England bubble to play for @YorkshireCCC
Play two games for @YorkshireCCC
The rollercoaster continues
— David Willey (@david_willey) September 16, 2020