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Women’s Ashes is already under threat after England support staff member tested positive for Covid

England hit by Covid case ahead of Women’s Ashes as member of support staff tests positive, with captain Heather Knight admitting ‘anxiety and nerves’ after entire squad spent Christmas and New Year in virtual isolation

  • Women’s Ashes in Australia kicks off the first T20 next Thursday
  • But England has been hit by a positive Covid case among support staff
  • They will now undergo further rounds of testing before going to Adelaide
  • Captain Heather Knight said everyone was nervous about a Covid outbreak











The women’s Ashes were threatened before they started on Friday, when a member of England’s support staff at their base in Canberra tested positive for Covid 19.

Captain Heather Knight admitted he was “concerned and nervous” about the future of a multi-format series that kicks off next Thursday with the first Twenty20 international.

Now England will undergo further rounds of testing before they can move to Adelaide on a charter flight on Monday, with the journey already hampered by strict conditions.

England captain Heather Knight admitted on the eve of the Women's Ashes in Australia that he had 'nervousness and anxiety' about Covid within the group

England captain Heather Knight admitted on the eve of the Women’s Ashes in Australia that he had ‘nervousness and anxiety’ about Covid within the group

“There are nerves and anxiety in the group,” Knight said after the unnamed employee’s positive test.

“It’s going to be a nervous 24-48 hours, but the PCR tests we’ve already done have all come back negative, so fingers crossed.”

England women and their A-squad who have traveled with them spent much of Christmas and New Years in virtual isolation to ensure they could make the journey.

Action from the last Women's Ashes series, which Australia won on English soil in 2019

Action from the last Women’s Ashes series, which Australia won on English soil in 2019

“People have made a huge effort to get out of here,” Knight said. “The run-up was pretty average, but we had no control over it.

‘We could only train at home as individuals with our households, so we have moms running bowling machines, boyfriends and girlfriends swinging and dads hitting our bowling!

“It was quite comical, but not ideal for a series of this magnitude.”

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