West Indies vs Australia ODI postponed after draw due to COVID-19

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Kensington Oval after the 2nd ODI abandoned between the West Indies and Australia.
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Bridgetown, Barbados: A positive COVID-19 test on Thursday resulted in the last-minute postponement of the scheduled second one-day international between the West Indies and Australia at Kensington Oval on Thursday, officials said.

“The second ODI between the West Indies and Australia has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies squad,” a statement from Cricket West Indies said.

“This decision was made after the draw at Kensington Oval once the outcome was known due to COVID-19 protocols.

“All members of both teams and match officials will be retested today. A decision on when the game will be replayed will be made at a later date once the test results are known.”

The International Cricket Council said all staff inside the bio-secure bubble for the series will be placed in isolation.

News of the postponement came following a delay early in the game after Alex Carey won the toss and chose to strike first.

Australia won the first match by 133 races on the DLS method two days earlier at the same venue.

The players were seen returning to their respective locker rooms just minutes from the start of a game in which fast pitcher Riley Meredith was scheduled to make his ODI debut, after receiving his cap from injured captain named Aaron Finch before the draw.

Thursday’s postponement jeopardizes not only the two remaining ODIs on that tour, but also the Australian tour in Bangladesh which was only confirmed on Thursday and for which the team was due to depart after the final match scheduled for Saturday, also at Kensington Oval.

Pakistan are also expected to tour the Caribbean for five Twenty20 internationals as well as two test matches.

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