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The England Cricket Team have announced that seven members of the England Men's ODI party have tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning – leading the entire team to isolate.
Those who tested positive have not been named.
However, three players and four members of the management team tested positive yesterday via a PCR test, and they will now self-isolate along with the ODI squad, who were in close contact with the infected individuals.
England’s ODIs and and T20 internationals against Pakistan will go ahead, and Ben Stokes will return as captain, and the remainder of the squad will be announced on Tuesday.
"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," Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, said in a press release.
"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."
England’s three ODIs, which start on Thursday, and their three T20s against Pakistan will still go ahead.
Ben Stokes, will return to side, after nursing a finger injury whilst playing in Durham.
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