The Ashes: England head coach Chris Silverwood tests positive for Covid-19 while isolating with family | Cricket News

Chris Silverwood should have missed the fourth test anyway and will now be back before the fifth test in Hobart from January 14th; England’s last training session was interrupted by the positive Covid test among net bowlers; Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath tests positive before the Sydney test

Last updated: 02/01/22 07:26


England manager Chris Silverwood tested positive for Covid-19 while in solitary confinement with his family in Melbourne

England manager Chris Silverwood tested positive for Covid-19 while in solitary confinement with his family in Melbourne.

Silverwood should have already skipped the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney after going into quarantine when one of his family members was involved in the initial coronavirus outbreak at the traveling camp.

Assistant manager Graham Thorpe will lead the squad in Silverwood’s absence as England strive for their first win of the series, with Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead and retaining the Ashes after a win for innings to the MCG.

Silverwood, 46, is ready to rejoin the British team in time for the fifth and final test in Hobart from 14 January.

Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood.

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Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood.

Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board reads: “England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood tested positive for Covid-19.

“Silverwood has been in solitary confinement in Melbourne since December 30 following a positive test from one of his family members. He will remain in solitary confinement until January 8. Silverwood is asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.

“He should be back at the England party in Hobart before the fifth Ashes Test.”

England had previously announced that Adam Hollioake will now not join the lineup before the fourth test due to a close contact of his positive test for Covid.

Adam Hollioake had been drafted with England without four coaches for the Sydney test

Adam Hollioake had been drafted with England without four coaches for the Sydney test

Hollioake was supposed to assist England with Silverwood, bowling peace coach Jon Lewis, spin mentor Jeetan Patel and strength and conditioning specialist Darren Veness, all in solitary confinement.

English session interrupted by a positive case among net bowlers

Local bowlers were removed from England’s last training session after a positive case of Covid emerged.

England’s batters were put to the test by the club’s cricketers, but bowlers were asked to leave the session after around 40 minutes.

This left Captain Joe Root lending a hand – the 31-year-old delivering balls to hitters with the dog stick – and a number of other extended support staff, from medical and communications teams, who also helped with drills. .

A spokesperson for England said: “As soon as we became aware of the positive test, the net bowlers were removed from support for our practice. The practice remained in effect until we finished at 1pm. and that positive case did not cancel the practice “.

England also underwent another round of daily PCR tests, the seventh in eight days since the positives were recorded in the field.

James Cole of Sky Sports News says Australia will be concerned after hitter Travis Head tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the fourth Ashes Test.

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James Cole of Sky Sports News says Australia will be concerned after hitter Travis Head tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the fourth Ashes Test.

James Cole of Sky Sports News says Australia will be concerned after hitter Travis Head tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the fourth Ashes Test.

So far only one Ashes player has tested positive for Covid: Australian hitter Travis Head.

Head will miss Sydney test – Usman Khawaja is the favorite to replace his left-handed partner at No. 5 in the home team’s batting order.

McGrath positive for Covid-19

Match referee David Boon will also miss the SCG test due to the Covid contraction, as will former Australian seamstress Glenn McGrath.

For the past 13 years McGrath has hosted a breast cancer fundraiser and awareness campaign during the Sydney New Year test in honor of his late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer in 2008.

McGrath hopes to attend day three, when the SCG dresses pink for the McGrath Foundation, but is currently in solitary confinement following a positive result.

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