Following the latest round of PCR tests administered to the England Men’s touring party on Wednesday 29 December, one family member has tested positive.
As a result of the positive test, England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood will have to isolate for 10 days, along with his family, in Melbourne and will miss the fourth Ashes Test due to start in Sydney on Wednesday 5 January 2022.
A fourth successive round of PCR tests will be administered today (Thursday).
The touring party have recorded seven positive cases - three support staff and four family members - since a PCR testing regime was implemented on Monday 27 December.
Both teams - England and Australia - are due to fly to Sydney via a chartered flight on Friday morning.