In some good news for cricketing fans, the three match ODI series between England and South Africa will go ahead from Sunday after a covid scare led to the first match being called off. A member of the South African contingent tested positive for the virus and the first ODI was abruptly called off just hours before the start of the match.
Officials in control of CSA’s bio-bubble say that the quarantine protocols had not been broken. The statement was made after the entire South African contingent returned negative tests on Sunday. Both squads and their support staff are living in separate areas of the same Cape Town hotel.
England’s ODI squad will be without the services of Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Jofra Archer who were sent back home to get a much-needed rest. The troika had been involved in playing Indian Premier League for their respective franchisees. Meanwhile, for South Africa, they will miss the services of their ace fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada who suffered an abductor strain.
Quinton De Kock, limited overs captain of the Proteas will be hoping that his team make a good comeback after receiving a drubbing in the T20I series which they lost 3-0.
England Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Liam Livingstone, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Butler, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.
South Africa Squad: Temba Bavuma, Faf Du Plessis, Quinton De Kock (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Rassie Van der Dussen, George Linde, JJ Smuts, Dwaine Pretorius, Heinrich Klassen, Pite Van Biljon, Kyle Verreyne, Junior Dala, Lungi Ngidi, Beauran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman.
South Africa will welcome back David Miller in the ODI squad after the left-hander was unavailable for the T20 series. Mark Wood and Moeen Ali could get a game or two against the Proteas after missing out the T20Is.
England, the reigning World Cup champions start the ODI series as the clear favourites. The last time the two sides clashed in an ODI series was in February this year. The three match series ended as a draw with the second ODI being abandoned due to rain. Quinton De Kock was adjudged the man of the series was scoring 176 runs in his two innings.
Quinton De Kock and the team management have found it difficult to select their best 11 as the Proteas are required to field atleast six players of colour on average over the season, of which two are black Africans. The first ODI will be held at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday.