Coronavirus: Australia’s ODI with West Indies cancelled after positive COVID-19 case

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
Aaron Finch of Australia leaves the abandoned 2nd ODI between West Indies and Australia.
Camera IconAaron Finch of Australia leaves the abandoned 2nd ODI between West Indies and Australia. Credit: RANDY BROOKS/AFP

Australia and the West Indies were all set to play the second ODI in Barbados today when a positive COVID-19 case postponed the match, with the rest of the series now in doubt.

Riley Meredith was presented with his cap by white ball skipper Aaron Finch and the Aussies won the coin toss, the players were ordered to leave the field.

The start time was initially pushed back before revelations of a positive COVID-19 case from a non-playing member of the West Indies camp sent both parties into isolation.

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Cricket West Indies issued a statement a short time later confirming the news.

“This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the (positive COVID-19 test) result was known and confirmed by (Barbados) Ministry of Health officials,” Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Johnny Grave said.

“Everyone will be re-tested later today. In the meantime everyone will remain in isolation in their rooms until those PCR test results are confirmed.

“We’ll make a further decision on when the match can be replayed at a later date once all the test results are back in by hopefully tomorrow morning.”

Australia players in the dressing room during the abandoned 2nd ODI.
Camera IconAustralia players in the dressing room during the abandoned 2nd ODI. Credit: RANDY BROOKS/AFP

Both teams, match officials and broadcaster staff are now in isolation in the bio-secure bubble and will be tested for coronavirus.

A decision on whether the five-T20, three-ODI series will continue in the Caribbean will be made once those results are returned.

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