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Ashes 2021-22: England coach Chris Silverwood confirmed COVID-19 positive

By BetBarter Staff

January 2, 2022

England coach Chris Silverwood has tested positive for COVID-19. Silverwood was either way set to miss the fourth Test in Sydney after he was identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient and was forced into isolation. "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."

The Covid-19 cases have been growing at an alarming rate in Australia. While there were talks about the series being postponed, the players tested negative before the Sydney Test and the match was given a green signal. However, if the cases keep on coming at this rate, it will be very difficult for the boards to carry on with the series.

It all started when a member of the broadcasting crew tested positive for the virus in Adelaide. A few days later, seven members of the touring group, including three support staff and four family members returned positive. Later, Match Referee David Boon, Australia batter Travis Head and Glenn McGrath also delivered positive results. Also, a net bowler was tested positive during the first training session for England.

The visitors have already lost the series and will be playing for pride in the remaining two games. England have not won a test in Australia for nearly a decade and things won't be easy in the final two Tests as well. Questions are being raised on Joe Root's leadership skills as well and many are demanding a change in captaincy. England' s performance in the final two games will be decisive in finding answers for these questions.