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    England tour of South Africa (2020)

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) today received the go ahead from the Ministry of Sports, Art and Culture to proceed with the limited overs tour between the Proteas Men and ICC World Cup champions, England. The tournament will consist of three KFC T20 International and three Betway One-Day International matches from 27 November to 09 December 2020.

    Due to Covid-19 protocols, England will arrive in mid-November.

    The tour will be limited to the Western Cape with two ODI matches and two T20 matches to played at Newlands Stadium, and one ODI and one T20 match at Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl. The detailed fixtures will be announced at a later stage.

    “This is a wonderful boost for cricket,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Kugandrie Govender, “and, although all the matches will have to be played behind closed doors, I am sure that our Proteas fans will rally behind South Africa’s favourite team as they always do, but just on alternative digital and social media platforms.

    “The fact that England are the current World Cup champions will add tremendously to the two series and will give our own players every motivation to perform at their very best to challenge the reigning champions.”

    Govender added that the match would not have been possible if it were not for the assistance and support of the South African government.

    “I would like to express CSA’s sincere gratitude to the Departments of Sport, Arts & Culture; Home Affairs; and Health, for the support they have given us to make this return to international cricket in our country a reality, while maintaining that health and safety for all remains the number one priority,” added Govender.

    Cricket South Africa is also very grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the support they have given in many areas and will be able to draw on their own experiences which will help in organising and running international cricket under bio-secure conditions.

    “This is a first for us and we commit to learn quickly and with great responsiveness as we have an action-packed international season ahead of us,” continued Govender.

    In their own media statement, Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer said: “We are looking forward to touring South Africa. I would like to personally thank Cricket South Africa for their efforts in ensuring this tour goes ahead and their diligent work to create an environment that is safe for our players and staff. They are working tirelessly to pull together a bio-secure plan in Cape Town and Paarl.

    “We owe it to the sport that we do everything we can to keep international competition progressing during this pandemic.

    “Series against the Proteas are always exciting and intense. We saw that earlier this year in South Africa and we can expect the same this time around.”

    Govender concluded: “While CSA, in partnership with government, has been working really hard to secure the Series, we are thrilled that the tournament will reignite our international cricket season and after the tough year South Africa and the world has experienced, we look forward to bringing cricket joy to our fans, players, and stakeholders.

    “These exciting developments also coincide with CSA’s return to office next week, which we are thrilled about,” concluded Govender.


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    The England men’s Tour of South Africa has been confirmed with three IT20s and three ODIs taking place behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl from next month.

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have agreed to biosecurity and travel plans for what will be the first international tour undertaken by an England cricket team since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

    CSA approved the plans with the South African Government earlier this week granting exemptions for inbound travel for the England players and management.

    Eoin Morgan’s squad will depart from London on a chartered flight on Monday 16 November. The touring party will be based in Cape Town. Ahead of the IT20 series, the squad will train at Western Province Cricket Club. They will play three intra-squad practice matches – two T20s and one 50-over game – before the series starts.

    The three IT20s start on Friday 27 November at Newlands, Cape Town. The second match of the series will be played at Boland Park, Paarl on Sunday 29 November. Newlands will host the third match on Tuesday 1 December.

    The three-match ODI series, which are part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, starts at Newlands on Friday 4 December. The second match will be played at Boland Park on Sunday 6 December, and the final game of the tour will take place on Wednesday 9 December at Newlands.

    Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are looking forward to touring South Africa. I would like to personally thank Cricket South Africa for their efforts in ensuring this tour goes ahead and their diligent work to create an environment that is safe for our players and staff. They are working tirelessly to pull together a bio-secure plan in Cape Town and Paarl.

    “We owe it to the sport that we do everything we can to keep international competition progressing during this pandemic.

    “Series against the Proteas are always exciting and intense. We saw that earlier this year in South Africa and we can expect the same this time around.”

    “This is a wonderful boost for cricket,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Kugandrie Govender

    “The fact that England are the current World Cup champions will add tremendously to the two series and will give our own players every motivation to perform at their very best and challenge the acknowledged champions.

    “I would like to express CSA’s appreciation and sincere gratitude to the South African Government – specifically the Departments of Sport, Arts & Culture; Home Affairs and Health - for the support they have given us to make this return to international cricket in our country a reality, while maintaining that health safety for all remains the number one priority.

    “We are also very grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Board for the support they have given us in many areas and we will be able to draw on their own experiences and help in organising and running international cricket under bio-secure conditions.

    “This is a first for us and we commit to learn quickly and with great responsiveness as we have an action-packed international season ahead of us.”

    The National Selectors will confirm the England touring party early next month.


    England men’s Tour of South Africa:

    Monday 16 November: Touring party departs from London to Cape Town
    Saturday 21 November: 50-over intra-squad practice match. Newlands, Cape Town.
    Monday 23 November: Two T20 intra-squad practice matches. Boland Park, Paarl.
    Friday 27 November: 1st IT20 South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (6.00pm SAST)
    Sunday 29 November: 2nd IT20 South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl (2.30pm SAST)
    Tuesday 1 December: 3rd IT20 South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (6.00pm SAST)
    Friday 4 December: 1st ODI South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (1.00pm SAST)
    Sunday 6 December: 2nd ODI South Africa v England, Boland Park, Cape Town (10.00am SAST)
    Wednesday 9 December: 3rd ODI South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (1.00pm SAST)
    Thursday 10 December: Touring party departs from Cape Town to London


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    South Africa have some potential this time in T20 format. Rabada, Nortje, Qdk, Morris.

    They should get ABD in.

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    National Selectors name squads for South Africa white-ball tour

    The England National Selectors have named the squads for the men’s white-ball tour of South Africa.

    The touring party depart on Monday 16 November and will play three IT20s and three ODIs taking place behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment at Newlands, Cape Town and Boland Park, Paarl.

    England Men’s IT20 Squad:

    Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Surrey), Mark Wood (Durham).

    England Men’s ODI Squad:

    Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

    Reserves across both formats:

    Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Tom Helm (Middlesex).

    Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes have been rested for the three-match ODI series and will return home after the IT20 series.

    England men’s Tour of South Africa:

    Monday 16 November: Touring party departs from London to Cape Town

    Saturday 21 November: 50-over intra-squad practice match. Newlands, Cape Town.

    Monday 23 November: Two T20 intra-squad practice matches. Boland Park, Paarl.

    Friday 27 November: 1st IT20 South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (6.00pm SAST)

    Sunday 29 November: 2nd IT20 South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl (2.30pm SAST)

    Tuesday 1 December: 3rd IT20 South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (6.00pm SAST)

    Friday 4 December: 1st ODI South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (1.00pm SAST)

    Sunday 6 December: 2nd ODI South Africa v England, Boland Park, Cape Town (10.00am SAST)

    Wednesday 9 December: 3rd ODI South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town (1.00pm SAST)

    Thursday 10 December: Touring party departs from Cape Town to London

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    Not sure what Jake Ball's doing back again and not sure Olly Stone should be considered a limited overs prospect. How Moeen is still getting picked is beyond me.

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    England resting Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran for South Africa ODIs defended by Ed Smith

    England national selector Ed Smith has defended the decision to give Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran a rest after it was suggested the Indian Premier League had been prioritised over their international duties.

    Stokes is set to return to England's ranks for the Twenty20 portion of the tour of South Africa, but the talismanic all-rounder, paceman Archer and left-arm seamer Curran will be given a break for the one-day series that follows.

    The trio have featured in the rearranged IPL, with Stokes only returning to action last month after being granted a period of extended leave over the summer to be with his seriously ill father, Ged, in New Zealand.

    Archer spent more time than any England player in a bio-secure bubble over the summer, and there were similar measures in place at the IPL in the United Arab Emirates, while Curran has had a heavy workload in recent months.

    Director of men's cricket Ashley Giles has stressed players' mental health will be prioritised amid the coronavirus pandemic, while limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has warned of the strain of bouncing around bubble environments.

    That is a chief concern of Smith, who pointed out that the England and Wales Cricket Board's softened stance on the IPL has dovetailed with a resurgence in the national side's white-ball fortunes in recent years.

    "If you look at the commitment shown to England by those three players - Curran, Archer and Stokes - and their big performances in an England shirt, I don't think anyone could question their commitment to the cause," Smith said.

    "It's simply the case that the ECB had a stance for a number of years of permitting players to play in IPL.

    "That has coincided with England's very good form in white-ball cricket, their World Cup success and also now their very strong T20 side.

    "Clearly multi-format players, who also play franchise cricket, so the players we're talking about - (Jos) Buttler, Stokes, Archer and Curran - are people who need some rest and we, as selectors, are very mindful of that.

    "We're going to take those opportunities to give them a break when we believe it's in England's best interests and that's what we're doing for the second leg of this South Africa tour."

    Stokes' comeback to the fold for the T20s, though, is a welcome one for Smith, who said: "Ben is an exceptional competitor, a winner and someone who gives to the team."

    There is once again no room in England's T20 squad for Test captain Joe Root or seamer Chris Woakes, while Tom Banton - included in both white-ball groups to face Australia in September - is only a reserve this time around.

    Root has been surplus to requirements in the sprint format for England since May last year, but Smith believes the Yorkshireman has every chance of being involved in next year's T20 World Cup in India.

    "If there was a major tournament around the corner as there will be next autumn with the T20 World Cup, we could easily include Joe Root and we know how good a player he is," Smith added

    "As it stands he's not in the starting XI in T20s and it's also the case that Joe's one of those people who will need to have some rest over the next year.

    "But if I had to make a prediction, I would say that England would use T20s to rest Joe Root in early 2021, that doesn't mean that he's in any way ruled out or couldn't come in for a major tournament later on in the year."

    Left-arm seamer David Willey's back injury precludes his involvement from a trip that will take place behind closed doors, with England staying in a bio-secure bubble in Cape Town and playing matches at Newlands and Paarl.

    https://www.skysports.com/cricket/ne...ed-by-ed-smith

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce the 24-man, Proteas squad that will take on England in South Africa’s first international tour since March 2020. The three-match KFC T20 International series as well as the three-match Betway One-Day International (ODI) series presented by Momentum, will take place behind closed doors at Six Gun Grill Newlands and Eurolux Boland Park from 27 November to 09 December 2020.

    The Warriors’ Glenton Stuurman has received his maiden international call-up. He and the rest of the named squad will be eligible for selection for both series. The 28-year-old from Oudtshoorn has 10 franchise matches to his name, with 35 wickets under his belt.

    Junior Dala also makes a return to the national team after a prolonged injury saw him miss out on last season’s inbound international tours.

    Newly appointed Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang said:

    “We’re very excited to be announcing this squad today. With the bio-secure environment where movement in and out of the squad will be limited, we had to make sure that we have all our bases covered with the 24 players.

    “It also gives the team the opportunity to play some inter-squad games just to make sure that they sharpen up those white-ball skills before the series start. I’d like to wish the team and everyone involved all the best for the upcoming tour against England. I’m really looking forward to the summer ahead.”

    CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith is delighted to see the many months of hard work that was put in by so many at CSA, bearing fruit.

    “I’m extremely proud of the hard work that the CSA team has put into ensuring the Proteas men return to international cricket,” he said. “It’s been a long winter and it’s really pleasing that we finally have an imminent international tour on our shores to look forward to.

    “This is an important season for the team, with an ICC T20 World Cup coming up late next year in India. I’m sure that the T20 series in particular, is going to boast some explosive performances for cricket fans to enjoy at home. An ODI series against the reigning World Champions will always bring a level of excitement of its own. I’m looking forward to an exciting return to international cricket for our Proteas.

    “We are also anticipating to have more good news to announce from the Momentum Proteas team soon,” Mr Smith concluded.

    Proteas men’s England Tour to South Africa squad
    Quinton de Kock (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Junior Dala (Momentum Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), George Linde (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Janneman Malan (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Lions), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Pite van Biljon (VKB Knights), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras).


    England men’s Tour to South Africa

    Friday, 27 November at 18:00 SAST:
    1st KFC T20I South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town
    Sunday, 29 November at 14:30 SAST:
    2nd KFC T20I South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl
    Tuesday, 01 December at 18:00 SAST:
    3rd KFC T20I South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town

    Friday, 04 December at 13:00 SAST:
    1st Betway ODI presented by Momentum (CWCSL) South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town
    Sunday, 06 December at 10:00 SAST:
    2nd Betway ODI presented by Momentum (CWCSL): South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl
    Wednesday, 09 December at 13:00 SAST:
    3rd Betway ODI presented by Momentum (CWCSL): South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town


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    Rabada,Norje,and Ngidi is a strong pace attack. Shamsi is a good spinner . So that's a strong bowling attack. Van Der Dussen and De Kock are brilliant LO players. Miller is always a dangerous player. JP Malan has the potential to be a world class player . Overall South Africa look like a strong LO team. Not sure what will happen with them in tests. But in LO they will definitely be a strong team. An absolute myth that South African is finished .

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were performed on players and support staff prior to entering the Bio-Safe Environment in Cape Town for their upcoming limited-overs tour against England. The testing is in line with fulfilling the organization’s obligation and commitment to its duty of care to its team and to the broader public in controlling the spread of the virus.

    The tour will consist of a three-match, KFC T20 International and three-match, Betway One-Day International (ODI) Series in Cape Town and Paarl.

    One player has returned a positive test result and two players were considered close contacts based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. All three players have been placed in immediate isolation in Cape Town as part of the COVID-19 protocols. While all players are asymptomatic, CSA’s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being.

    At this stage, none of these players will be replaced for the tour, but two replacement players will be included into the squad for the purposes of the inter-squad practice matches that will be played on Saturday, 21 November 2020.



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    South Africa head coach Mark Boucher revealed Thursday that he had been a victim of coronavirus without knowing he had contracted the disease. Boucher was speaking ahead of limited overs series against England, which starts with the first Twenty20 international in Cape Town on November 27.

    An unnamed South African player tested positive for Covid-19 when the South Africans assembled Wednesday.

    He and two others, with whom the infected player had close contact, have been separated from the rest of the squad and will stay in isolation while being monitored by the team’s medical staff.

    According to a statement from Cricket South Africa, all three were asymptomatic.

    Boucher said he sympathised with the affected players.

    “Sitting alone in a room for six or seven days is very tough,” said Boucher, adding that he had been fortunate to have had a mild dose of the disease.

    “I didn’t even know I had it,” he said. “I felt a little down for one or two days. I had been throwing down to some players in the nets and felt some aches and pains.”

    “Covid is bigger than sport,” said Boucher.

    He said that in line with a call from President Cyril Ramaphosa for a period of mourning, he expected flags to be at half-mast during the first two matches in honour of victims of coronavirus and gender-based violence and it was possible that players would wear black armbands.

    - ‘Tough issues’ -

    But he indicated that it was unlikely players would “take a knee” as they did before a three-team domestic match in July.

    “It’s not something we have to continue to show, it’s something that we have to live.”

    Boucher said he welcomed the series against England after a bruising winter during which Covid, boardroom battles and controversy over racism dominated headlines.

    “We have to put that behind us. We are in a position to put some good news in South African cricket,” he said.

    “We had some tough issues to deal with,” he said of a ‘culture camp’ in August, held at a time when fissures in race relations in South African cricket were exposed.

    Boucher said he was happy with the outcome of the camp.

    “We have started afresh and restructured our values,” he said. “It is all based on performance. We want to be nice and aggressive, but we need to be smart.”

    Boucher said he was not concerned about being in a “bio-bubble” until the series ends on December 9.

    “We’ve been on tours where there have been security issues which have meant we have had to stay in our hotels.

    “We are in a fantastic hotel with lots of open space and we have spoken to other teams that have been in bubbles.”

    Playing international matches with no spectators would be an unusual experience, “but there will be no lack of passion and we know that people will be watching us”.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...P0AyXZyML.html


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    MEDIA ADVISORY: PROTEAS MEN’S COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

    Friday, 20 November 2020

    One player has returned a positive result after the Proteas second, mandatory round of COVID-19 testing ahead of the limited overs tour against England on Thursday.

    The player was isolated from the rest of the team and moved to separate, appropriate accommodation with immediate effect. The team’s medical and support staff will monitor the player to ensure his physical health and mental well-being.

    Team management and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are in close communication with their counterparts from the England Cricket Board (ECB) to ensure full transparency and the most responsible plan of action going forward.

    To that end, the inter-squad practice match that was scheduled for Saturday, 21 November has been cancelled. The two players – Marco Marais and Stefan Tait – who were called up to the camp to assist the team in their preparation for the practice match after the results of the first COVID-19 testing on Monday were released, will no longer be joining the team.

    CSA would like to reiterate that it will not release names of affected players because of Dr-patient confidentiality.

    No further comment will be made on this matter.


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    All COVID-19 tests administered from the England camp earlier this week all returned negative results. Our plans continue and the team are preparing to play our first intra -squad warm-up match as normal at Newlands tomorrow.’


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    England Intra-squad Game 21/11/20

    40 Overs per innings
    No restrictions on bowlers overs
    PP 1: 1-8
    PP 2: 9-32
    PP 3: 33-40


    Venue: Newlands
    Start: 10am

    Team Buttler
    1: Roy
    2: Malan
    3: Root
    4: Buttler
    5: Billings
    6: S Curran
    7: Gregory
    8: Jordan
    9: Rashid
    10: Archer
    11: Stone
    12: Helm

    Team Morgan
    1: Bairstow
    2: Banton
    3: Stokes
    4: Morgan
    5: Livingstone
    6: Ali
    7: Woakes
    8: T Curran
    9: Wood
    10: Ball
    11: Topley


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    Tom Curran and Joe Root were the standout performers as Team Buttler beat Team Morgan by 50 runs in an England intra-squad match at Newlands.


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    Team Buttler vs Team Morgan in a T20 warm-up:

    TEAM BUTTLER: Roy, Buttler, Malan, Root, Billings, Sam Curran, Gregory, Jordan, Rashid, Archer, Stone, Helm

    TEAM MORGAN: Livingstone, Banton, Stokes, Bairstow, Morgan, Moeen, Woakes, Tom Curran, Wood, Ball, Topley


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    Chris Silverwood was happy to see Ben Stokes try his hand as an opener at the Indian Premier League but insists his temporary job swap with Jos Buttler will not “muddy the waters” in the England camp.

    The pair were recently handed new roles by their shared franchise, Rajasthan Royals, with Stokes promoted to the top of the order and Buttler slotting in down at number five.

    England have most frequently used the duo in the opposite fashion, with Buttler opening in each of his last 10 Twenty20 Internationals and all-rounder Stokes a fixture in the lower middle order for most of his career.

    Head coach Silverwood was intrigued by the experiment – which peaked when Stokes cracked a memorable 59-ball century against eventual champions Mumbai Indians – but does not appear likely to emulate it in the forthcoming series against South Africa.

    In Monday’s intra-squad warm-up Buttler retained his place at the head of the innings, with Stokes in at number three for Eoin Morgan’s XI.

    “It’s great that those two guys get experience of doing different things and I don’t think it ever hurts them as players to explore different options, but it doesn’t muddy the waters at all,” Silverwood told the PA news agency.

    “We’re pretty certain about which way we want to go and we’ll do that. We are blessed with the batsmen we’ve got here, world-class players who are capable of doing a multitude of jobs in that order.


    “I know Ben was keen to do it, he’s always keen to get up the order and give it a go. I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’d say I was glad to see him do well.”

    England should start the T20 series at Newlands on Friday with an explosive batting line-up, with Buttler and Stokes joined by the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and the format’s current world number one, Dawid Malan.

    Competition is so fierce that Test captain Joe Root has been deemed surplus to requirements in the shortest format for the past 18 months. He has done his best to change that perception, hitting 45 not out in 26 balls against Team Morgan in Paarl, having scored a run-a-ball 77 in a 40-over warm-up two days previously.

    Both he and paceman Olly Stone, who took three for 12 on Monday, look in prime form despite travelling only for the ODI series and Silverwood admitted it was not impossible that they could feature sooner.

    “Never say never. Everybody that’s here is an option,” he said, before recommitting to those in the original list.

    “We’ve got a large group of players here but do have that squad that we’ll initially pick from. If guys are here and doing well, you never know, but we picked that squad and we’ll start there.

    “It’s been great to see guys who are not in the squad coming out and saying, ‘We want to be in there’.”

    Changes in personnel are likely to be required at some stage over the coming months, as England contemplate further tours to Sri Lanka and India, with Silverwood mindful that breaks from the bubble are a necessity for all involved.

    “I am looking at the moment, for players and staff, how do we get them in and out? Where can we make gaps for them?,” he said.

    “There’s uncertainty around family visits so it’s about how we make the best of what we’ve got available to us. It’s something I’m scribbling away in my notebook to try and find solutions and various options to get people home to see families and keep people mentally fresh.”

    England are set to receive one more round of coronavirus testing before Friday’s match, following two positive cases in the home squad.

    “Our main focus is on making sure everything in our camp is in order and that we observes the rules, regulations and protocols in front of us,” Silverwood added.

    “Hopefully that keeps us safe. We did pretty well in the summer with it. I’ll be led by the doctors but ideal scenario is no-one gets it.”

    https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/spor...-swap-england/


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    I have a feeling this could be a good series.

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    Proteas medical update

    Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce that the Proteas have returned no positive COVID-19 results in their third round of testing since their arrival in Cape Town for the limited-overs tour against England starting tomorrow (27 November).

    The two players who tested positive last week were not part of the tested group and remain in isolation and are being monitored closely. They are progressing well and are in good health.

    The hosts did their final round of testing this morning (Thursday) with the expectation of receiving results later in the evening – an update will be provided when the results are confirmed.

    The inbound tour will consist of a three-match, KFC T20 International and three-match, Betway One-Day International (ODI) Series in Cape Town and Paarl.

    In other news, all-rounder, Dwaine Pretorius has been ruled out of the England tour due to a hamstring injury.

    The injury took place during a team practice session at Six Gun Grill Newlands and is expected to take three to four weeks for recovery.

    No replacement will be named.

    South Africa A team coach, Malibongwe Maketa has also joined the Proteas camp as extra cover to assist the team.


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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce that the entire Proteas team has returned negative results from the COVID-19 tests that were conducted this morning in Cape Town ahead of the six-match, inbound limited-overs tour against England.

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    Surprised that England are still persisting with the mediocre Moeen.


    'There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold'


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    The second Betway One-Day International (ODI) between South Africa and England, which is due to take place at Six Gun Grill Newlands, will now not take place on Monday 7 December.

    The decision has been taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) whilst they await the outcome of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp and the continued health and wellbeing of both playing groups.

    Once the findings of this review have been received, CSA and ECB will then discuss how best to proceed concerning the remaining two matches of this ODI Series.


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