Australian referee and cricketer David Boon tested Covid positive

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Australian referee and cricketer David Boon tested Covid positive

Australian referee and cricketer David Boon tested Covid positive
David Boon, an Australian Test star and match referee for the current Vodafone Ashes Series, tested positive for COVID.

On what was meant to be the fifth day of the Boxing Day Test, Cricket Australia(CA) reported Boon obtained a good result.

The third Test was finished before lunch on day three, with debutant and local Victorian Scott Boland ripping through England with a spectacular 6-7 as Australia clinched the Ashes and took an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

For the SCG Test, which begins on January 5, NSW-based Steve Bernard will take over as ICC match referee.

David Boon is expected to return to the post for the fifth Test in Hobart, which begins on January 14.

He was asymptomatic and completely vaccinated, including a booster dose, according to them.

CA stated that Boon will remain in Melbourne and will be quarantined for another 10 days in accordance with Victorian state government health requirements.

As a result of his own COVID exposure, England head coach Chris Silverwood has been ruled out of the fourth Test.

On Thursday, the English coach became the third member of England's coaching staff to contract the virus. It was reported that family member tested positive and infected him.

The under-fire coach will now stay in Melbourne and miss the Sydney Test. He needs to undergo his ten days in isolation as soon as the game is completed.

Graham Thorpe, the batting coach, is anticipated to take over, with Jon Lewis and Jeetan Patel, as well as strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness, following suit.

Officials remain optimistic that the England infection will be restricted to the group's non-playing members.

On Wednesday morning, Silverwood was at England training with about ten players, although he has now tested negative for the illness. This is the third time the number of cases has increased.

On Christmas Day, one of the family members became ill, and fast tests the next morning revealed a positive result.

On the morning of day two, the full 60-strong touring party was rapid tested, with all players returning negative but four cases among the tour party.

Later that night, PCR tests confirmed those four results, as well as two other cases in non-playing members of the group.

Australia's chief selector, George Bailey stated that this is not very surprising, in his opinion with the number of cases in the area. There has been a massive amount of effort behind the scenes to ensure the series can go ahead, and he wouldn't be able to see forth of it. He added that the good news is that no players have tested positive thus far, and both teams have some depth in their rosters.

Players from both England and Australia, as well as their families and support personnel, as well as match officials, are being tested on a daily basis under a new protocol put in place after the first positive case.

Despite fast climbing case numbers in Sydney, Cricket Australia is convinced that the Sydney Test will go ahead as planned.

Crowds are also anticipated to remain unrestricted at this time, with the NSW government making the final decision.