Chris Silverwood, the men’s head coach of England, has tested positive for Covid-19. Silverwood, who is fully vaccinated, has been quarantined in Melbourne since Thursday after a family member tested positive for the virus.
The 46-year-old has no symptoms and will be kept in isolation until January 8. He had already been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test, which begins on Wednesday in Sydney, but he is likely to recover in time for the fifth Test in Hobart.
After learning that a local net bowler had tested positive for Covid-19, England’s practice at the Sydney Cricket Ground was halted on Sunday. They finished practice with their own bowlers and coaching staff, and they’ve had another round of PCR tests.
Meanwhile, earlier plans to add former England one-day skipper Adam Hollioake to their coaching team were shelved after a close contact of his tested positive.
All current Australia squad members, staff and families have returned negative Covid-19 results in the most recent round of testing, and continue to be tested daily.
Batter Travis Head had earlier been ruled out of the Sydney Test following a positive test, with Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis called up as cover, while Nic Maddinson is remaining in Melbourne on standby.
Source: BBC Sport