The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was postponed after a non-playing member of the West Indies contingent tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the players and support staff from both teams into isolation. The match was all set to start and even the toss had taken place. However, as soon as the players were about to walk out, the report came positive, creating chaos in both camps. The players will be retested today before a decision on fate of the series is taken.
“The second ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies team,” said a Cricket West Indies statement. “This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known due to the Covid-19 protocols. “All members of both teams and match officials will be retested today. A decision on when the match will replayed will be made at a later date once the test results are known.”
Both teams are scheduled to play the third and final ODI on July 24 before Australia fly to Bangladesh for a five-match T20I series. However, it is highly likely that the final ODI will also be suspended as the players need to serve at least three days in isolation after coming in close contact with any positive person. With Australia set to depart for Bangladesh on July 29, the West Indies- Australia series is unlikely to resume. Australia had won the first ODI by a whopping 133 runs.
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