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England “fully expecting” final Test vs India to go ahead despite Covid concerns

Jos Buttler said England have their “fingers crossed” that the final Test will go ahead after a fresh Covid scare within the India camp

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Vice-captain Jos Buttler said England are “fully expecting” the final Test against India to go ahead tomorrow, despite a fresh coronavirus scare within the visitors’ camp.

According to a report from ESPNcricinfo, a fourth member of India’s backroom staff has tested positive for the virus.

It comes after India’s head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive midway through the fourth Test at The Oval, which his side won by 157 runs.

Shastri immediately went into isolation along with three members of his backroom staff who were deemed to be close contacts.

Two of those – bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar – subsequently returned positive tests and all three have not travelled with the squad to Old Trafford.

Jos Buttler has said England have their “fingers crossed” that the final Test will go ahead after a fresh Covid scare within the India camp


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Instead, they have had to remain in London to complete their mandatory 10 days of isolation.

Now, a fourth staff member has reportedly tested positive as well, prompting India to cancel their training session and press conference on Thursday.

The players underwent a new round of Covid testing on Thursday and are said to have been confined to their hotel rooms while they await the results.

England, meanwhile, have continued with their preparation for the Test and Buttler has said they have their “fingers crossed” that the game will be played.

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“At present we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing to play tomorrow,” he said. “Fingers crossed the game will go ahead.

“We don’t know too much to be honest. It would be naive to speculate too much on stuff I don’t know about.

“Things are all fine in our camp. We trained well this morning so, yeah, we’re hopefully all looking forward to the game again tomorrow.”

The results of India’s latest Covid tests are reportedly due on Thursday evening and any further positive tests would throw the game into major doubt.

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