The England and Wales Cricket Board will name a new side later today, with Ben Stokes set to return to action as captain.


England cricket team forced to isolate after seven coronavirus cases


England cricket team forced to isolate after seven coronavirus cases

England have been forced to select a new team for the Pakistan ODI series after the whole squad went into isolation due to seven COVID cases.

Three players and four members of the management team tested positive after taking PCR tests.

In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “In collaboration with Public Health England, Public Health Wales and Bristol Local Health Authority, those impacted will now observe a period of self-isolation from July 4 following the UK government’s protocol on quarantine.”The remaining members of the party have been deemed close contacts and will also isolate.

“The ECB have confirmed the Royal London ODIs and the Vitality IT20s against Pakistan will go ahead. Ben Stokes will return to England duties and captain the squad – which will be named in the next few hours.”

Thursday’s match at Sophia Gardens is followed by games at Lords on 10 July and Edgbaston three days later. England then play three T20 fixtures against Pakistan on the 16, 18 and 20 July. England then play three T20 fixtures against Pakistan on the 16, 18 and 20 July.

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