After a mini COVID-19 scare, the West Indies – Australia series is all set to resume on Saturday as all 152 members, who were tested for COVID-19, have returned negative results. The development was confirmed by the Cricket West Indies. The second ODI of the series was postponed after a non-playing member of the West Indies contingent tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the entire contingent of both teams into isolation.
Meanwhile, the third and final ODI of the series will take place on Monday, July 26. The decision to modify the new schedule was taken after the West Indies Cricket Board, Cricket Australia, Government of Barbados officials and the Barbados Cricket Association mutually agreed for the same.
“We are happy to be able to announce the restart of the CG Insurance ODI series at Kensington Oval tomorrow. We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their co-operation in this matter as we look to get the games going again,” CWI president Ricky Skerrit was quoted as saying, Sportskeeda reported.
“It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly,” he added.
Riley Meredith was set to make his ODI debut in the second ODI before the match was postponed after the toss. There is no official update if the teams will be allowed to change the XI or they will have to go with the same team they selected on Thursday. Meredith replaced West Agar, who was part of the 1st ODI, in the playing XI. The pacer also played the five-match T20I series which Australia lost 4-1. Australia are 1-0 up in the series having won the first game by 133 runs. Post the ODI series, Australia will fly to Bangladesh for a five-match T20I series.