Sport No new positive cases in West Indies, in talks with Australia to resume play
Windies star's fireworks batters Aussies in final T20
West Indies opener Evin Lewis has blasted Australia in an exceptional innings to lead his side to victory in the fifth T20.Player of the match Lewis scored 79 runs off 34 balls, including nine sixes, to put the Caribbean side well on its way to its fourth win in the five-match series. Despite a late collapse, the West Indies scored their highest total of the series, posting 8-199.
No new COVID-19 cases have been found after Australia and West Indies players, support staff, match officials and broadcasters were tested in the wake of a positive result for one of the home side's support staff, forcing the abandonment of the second ODI in Barbados.
While the negative test results will be a relief to all parties, the further progress of the tour remains in some doubt.
Cricket Australia is seeking further information about the movements of the West Indian support staff member and how they may have come to contract coronavirus, including details of anyone they may have had contact with outside the team bubble. Investigations are expected to continue through the day in Australia.
Lewis fires as Windies beat Australia 4-1 in T20 series
Evin Lewis blasted 79 runs off 34 balls as West Indies beat Australia by 16 runs in the final T20 to win the series 4-1.Lewis' innings included nine sixes and four fours and lifted the reigning T20 World Cup champions to 199-8 from their 50 overs.
Both sides have been operating under agreed biosecurity protocols for the past three weeks, including a shared flight together from Saint Lucia to Barbados in between the end of the Twenty20 international series (won 4-1 by the West Indies) and the start of the ODI matches scheduled to follow.
Australia's squad has only a narrow window in which to play further matches in the Caribbean before a scheduled trip to Bangladesh for five T20Is. The final match of the ODI series was scheduled to be played on Sunday morning AEST.
The two teams left the Kensington Oval and immediately took up hotel isolation after the second match was abruptly called off following the coin toss, where Riley Meredith had been named to make his ODI debut for Australia.
Starc wary of fatigue amid fears of England Ashes withdrawals
The England squad will discuss the COVID situation in Australia with their board this week amid fears that some players could withdraw from this summer's Ashes tour if they can't be joined by their families. The ECB is trying to ascertain whether the players' families will be able to accompany them on the tour due to Australia's strict quarantine rules.It is normal for families to accompany the England team for most of the second half of a Test series in Australia, usually joining them in Perth and staying until the end of the Sydney Test in early January.
"All members of the West Indies and Australia teams and coaching staff, as well as match officials, event staff and TV production crew were tested back at the hotel with everyone being in room isolation since," West Indies cricket said in a statement.
"Following confirmation from the Ministry of Health officials in Barbados that all the results are negative, CWI will now hold meetings with Cricket Australia (CA), the Barbados Cricket Association, and Government of Barbados officials to agree when the resumption of the Series at Kensington Oval can begin.
"CWI has been working closely with Local Ministries of Health to operate strict bio-secure bubbles successfully during the past year, and will continue to prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing for all concerned."
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