The Hundred: Covid hits The Hundred again, after Andy Flower, London Spirit's coach Shane Warne tests positive, in isolation
The Hundred: Covid hits The Hundred again, after Andy Flower, London Spirit’s coach Shane Warne tests positive, in isolation

The Hundred: Covid hits The Hundred again, London Spirit’s coach Shane Warne tests positive, in isolation – The Hundred, ECB’s newest shorter format project has hit another snag after London Spirit’s head coach Shane Warne tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning. As per reports, Warne is isolating. It comes days after Andy Flower, head coach of Trent Rockets testing positive for the virus.

As per a report by ESPN Cricinfo, Shane Warne complained of feeling unwell ahead of London Spirit’s match against Southern Brave. When a lateral flow test was done, it returned positive. Another unnamed member of the squad has also tested positive and is in self-isolation. However, that won’t cause any problems for the match as it will go on as sheduled after other members tested negative.

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The Hundred: David Ripley, the Northamptonshire head coach and London Spirit’s assistant coach will fill in Shane Warne shoes for the time being.

However, this isn’t the first time that England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is facing problems. With no restrictions on gatherings and no COVID-specific rules, the cases have begun to jump in the UK again.

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Last week, Andy Flower, head coach of Trent Rockets, tested positive and was sent into isolation while his close contacts including Steven Mullaney was also forced into isolation.

The Hundred: Before that, the entire England squad was sent into quarantine after seven cases emerged from the group following their last match against Sri Lanka. It forced the ECB to field a second-string side against Pakistan in the T20s with an injured Ben Stokes captaining the side playing through pain.

Back in Sri Lanka, two members of the Lankan contingent also tested positive as a result of being close contacts of the England side. Andy Flower’s brother Grant Flower and a performance analyst of Sri Lanka team tested positive. That forced the entire Sri Lankan squad into 7-day isolation and prompted their series against India to be postponed by five days.