Cricket News: South Africa vs England, 2nd ODI Match, Preview, squads news & Pitch report
On Sunday (December 6), when the already postponed first ODI was abandoned, England’s crisis-wracked tour of South Africa suffered another blow. On December 7, both teams are scheduled to play the second ODI in Cape Town, but the fate of the remaining three-match series hangs in equilibrium.
Two hotel staff members, where both squads are staying, were found to have contracted COVID-19, leading England on Saturday evening to re-test their team.
Before further advice from the medical teams, the players and management are now self-isolating in their rooms, “The players and management are now self-isolating in their rooms until further advice from the medical teams,”
While the match was expected to start at am (South Africa time), none of the squads had entered Paarl’s ground by 9am.
The CSA and the ECB said the start would be postponed, but less than half an hour before the first ball was supposed to be bowled, the rightsholders conveyed the news that the game had been called off.
The three-match series was scheduled to start on Friday at Newlands. After a South Africa player tested positive on Thursday, the game was postponed.
On Friday, South Africa re-tested their players, and were given a clean health bill. Since no cases from Thursday’s tests were identified in England, they did not undergo another round of tests – until the detection of the disease among the hotel workers.
Sunday’s headlines, though, will now force a rethink about the rest of the tour, which began with a 3-0 victory for England in the T20I series.
Match: South Africa vs England
Series: England tour of South Africa, 2020
Date: Monday December 7, 2020
Time: 13:00 local / 11:00 GMT / 16:00 PST
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Match abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic
Weather and Pitch Conditions:
The two T20Is played on the field earlier than was seen. More pressure on tossing correctly: the first-striked teams have won 24 of Newlands’ 33 day/night ODIs. In just nine days/nights, first fielding was the good option. This is apparently linked to the excess of humidity in the night air.
Today’s Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, George Linde, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid