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Covid-19 outbreak forces England’s one-day cricket squad into isolation

England’s one-day cricket squad have been plunged into isolation after seven members of the bubble tested positive for Covid-19.

Three players and four members of the team management tested positive yesterday and will self-isolate along with the remainder of the ODI squad who were deemed close contacts.

England’s ODIs and and T20 internationals against Pakistan will go ahead with Ben Stokes returning to the side to captain the squad which will be named later on Tuesday.

Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said: ‘‘We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of bio secure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak.

“We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions.

“Overnight we have worked swiftly to identify a new squad, and we are grateful to Ben Stokes who will return to England duties to Captain. We also recognise the impact this news will have on our First Class Counties and their Men’s playing squads and thank them, along with our partners Sky and Royal London, for their ongoing support in dealing with this pandemic.

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