Two members of the South African test team tested positive for Covid-19

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Johannesburg (AFP)

Two players have been pulled from the South African squad for the test run against Sri Lanka after testing positive for Covid-19, Cricket South Africa reported on Friday.

Players, who have not been named, will be isolated with immediate effect and will not participate in the series.

The positive results came after tests conducted on Wednesday and Thursday.

The announcement comes after three players have been added to the squad for the first Test, which kicks off at Centurion on December 26. The team, now made up of 17 players, will meet in Pretoria on Saturday.

Players will enter a bio-secure environment in which they will remain until the end of the series.

According to a statement from Cricket South Africa on Friday, the additions were part of a plan to “integrate more players” after the final round of four-day domestic matches.

Batsman Raynard van Tonder, fast bowler Lutho Sipamla and versatile player Dwaine Pretorius are the additional players.

Van Tonder and Sipamla are among 12 members of an expanded squad who made two matches earlier in the week in which several people were said to have tested positive for Covid-19. One of the matches was abandoned after a day on Sunday.

According to the CSA statement, “no other player from the currently nominated team has been considered close contact after the implementation of the contact tracing procedures.”

Pretorius was not considered for the original squad due to a hamstring injury, but according to the CSA has made “great progress”.

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada remains unavailable due to injury.

Expansion of the South African team:

Quinton de Kock (capt), Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Dwaine Pretorius, Migael Pretorius, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Rassie van der Dussen, Raynard van Tonder, Kyle Verreynne.

Arrangements:

December 26-30, Centurion

January 3-7, Johannesburg

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