Australia’s Test tour of South Africa has been cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak concerns.
The decision to pull out of the three-Test tour followed long negotiations over biosecurity protocols due to coronavirus, Cricket Australia (CA).
The 19-man team was set to depart later this month, although the exact dates were yet to be confirmed.
In a statement, CA explained it was compelled to cancel the series “due to the public health situation in South Africa”, including a second wave and a new strain of coronavirus.
“Following extensive due diligence with medical experts, it has become clear that travelling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and the community,” said CA chief executive Nick Hockley.
“We acknowledge the significant amount of work by Cricket South Africa in planning for the tour, during which we made it clear that CA was prepared to take on additional cost and effort to make the series happen.
“This decision has not been made lightly and we are extremely disappointed, especially given the importance of continuing international cricket at this time, our valued relationship with CSA, and our aspirations to compete in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.”
Hockley said the plan was to reschedule the series against South Africa for a later date.
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