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South Africa confirm two positive COVID-19 cases ahead of Sri Lanka series

South Africa confirm two positive COVID-19 cases ahead of Sri Lanka series

South Africa have confirmed two unnamed players have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their two-match test series against Sri Lanka that starts in Pretoria on Boxing Day, forcing the call-up of a trio of players as replacements.

The positive tests were announced on Friday, a day before the team is due to enter a bio-bubble on the Highveld and follows a number of cases in domestic cricket that have sparked alarm.

“The players will no longer form part of the test team and will observe the COVID-19 protocols, including isolating with immediate effect,” Cricket South Africa said in a statement.

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