England cleared to travel to Sydney for fourth Ashes Test after PCR tests come back negative | Cricket News

England were cleared to travel to Sydney for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia after players returned negative PCR tests; Chris Silverwood remains in Melbourne, in solitary confinement after a family member tested positive for Covid-19; assistant coach Graham Thorpe replaces Silverwood for the Sydney test

Last updated: 30/12/21 22:43


Australia have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series ahead of the fourth test

The English cricketers returned negative PCR tests, allowing the team to travel to Sydney for the fourth Ashes Test;

The team will now fly to Sydney ahead of testing, starting January 5, but will do so without the coaches and families who previously tested positive for Covid-19. They will continue to isolate themselves in Melbourne.

England manager Chris Silverwood is among those in solitary confinement in Melbourne until the end of next week and missed the fourth test after one of his family members tested positive for the virus.

Australia have already retained the Ashes after taking a 3-0 lead in the five-game series.

Sky Sports' Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England manager Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root during the Ashes tour were shocking

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Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England manager Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root during the Ashes tour were shocking

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England manager Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root during the Ashes tour were shocking

England recorded seven positive cases – three support staff and four family members – after a PCR test regimen was implemented on December 27, during the third test match.

The other three members of England’s coaching staff currently in solitary confinement and unable to travel to Sydney along with Silverwood are bowling coach Jon Lewis, bowling coach Jeetan Patel and fitness consultant Darren Veness.

Both teams have been booked to fly to Sydney on a charter flight on Friday morning.

Monty Panesar believes Surrey Cricket Director Alec Stewart could replace England manager Chris Silverwood if the ECB decides to make a change.

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Monty Panesar believes Surrey Cricket Director Alec Stewart could replace England manager Chris Silverwood if the ECB decides to make a change.

Monty Panesar believes Surrey Cricket Director Alec Stewart could replace England manager Chris Silverwood if the ECB decides to make a change.

England have lost nine games and only won one of their previous 12 test games, with Silverwood coming under closer scrutiny as head coach and national selector.

Assistant coach Graham Thorpe will lead England to Sydney.

Match referee David Boon will also miss the fourth test after contracting the virus, another cause for concern, with his absence confirmed just as a Big Bash League match between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers was canceled at the 11th hour. after a confirmed case.

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