IRE vs SA: Bad news for Ireland ahead of South Africa series, Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19

IRE vs SA: Bad news for Ireland ahead of South Africa series, Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19- What comes as a piece of bad news for Ireland, wicket-keeper batsman Neil Rock who earned a maiden call to the national team in T20Is has tested COVID-19 positive. He has been sent to isolation as per COVID-19 protocols. Team management was informed of the positive result today, and Rock has been isolated from the squad as he awaits a follow-up test at the team hotel.

22-year-old Stephen Doheny will replace him in the squad. He will undergo a COVID test this afternoon and – given a negative outcome – will join the squad tomorrow.

“Due to our biosecurity measures and contact tracing, we are satisfied that we do not have any genuine close contact cases and this should therefore have minimal impact on the squad. However, out of an abundance of caution due to the proximity of the series start, we will test one player and one staff member who had confirmed they spent a short amount of time with Neil with correct COViD safe precautions in place. We expect them to test negative and re-join the squad tomorrow,” said Mark Rausa, Head of Sport Science, Physiotherapy and Medical Services for Cricket Ireland.

IRE vs SA: Bad news for Ireland ahead of South Africa series, Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19

Ireland ODI Squad

Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young

South Africa ODI Squad

Temba Bavuma (captain), Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

IRE vs SA: Bad news for Ireland ahead of South Africa series, Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19

The first ODI between IRE vs SA will be played on July 11.

IRE vs SA ODI series:

July 11

July 13

July 16

T20I series

July 20

July 22

July 25

Also Read: Ireland vs South Africa 1st ODI: IRE vs SA 1st ODI Full Schedule, Full Squads, Live Streaming, Date, Time, Venues – All you need to know

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