The COVID-19 cases in the Ashes bound contingent are growing at an alarming rate. Multiple cases have been reported in the last week, raising serious questions whether the series should go ahead or not. The latest victim of the virus is England coach Chris Silverwood. Silverwood was already in isolation after one of his family members tested positive for the virus. Now, his reports have also come positive.
“He will remain in isolation until January 8. Silverwood is asymptomatic and is fully vaccinated,” the ECB said in a statement. “He is expected to return to the England party in Hobart ahead of the fifth Ashes Test.”
Earlier, Australia batter Travis Head, Match Referee David Boon, along with as many as seven members of the travelling group, including three support staff and four family members of the travelling group had tested positive. Also, during the first training session in Sydney, one of the net bowlers was withdrawn after he delivered a positive result. In addition, former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath has also tested positive.
England have already lost the series and their pride is at stake. The fourth Test gets underway at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5th. If the cases keep on coming at a rate they are being reported now, it will be very difficult for the series to go ahead.