• Thu. May 19th, 2022

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

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

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

The female ashes were threatened before they started on Friday when an England support staff member at their base in Canberra tested positive for Covid 19.

Captain Heather Knight admitted to being “worried and nervous” about the future of a multi-format series due to begin with the first international Twenty20 next Thursday.

Now England will undergo another round of tests before they can travel to Adelaide on a charter flight on Monday, with travel already hampered by strict conditions.

England captain Heather Knight admitted to having ‘nerves and anxiety’ about Covid within the group on the eve of the Women’s Ashes in Australia

“There are nerves and anxiety in the group,” Knight said after the unnamed staffer tested positive.

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

The England women and their A-team who traveled with them spent much of Christmas and New Year in virtual isolation to ensure they could make the trip.

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

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

“People went to tremendous lengths just to get out of here,” Knight said. “The progression has been pretty average, but it’s out of our control.

“We could only train at home as individuals with our households so we had mums feeding bowling machines, buddies and girlfriends hitting and dads battling our bowling alley!

“It’s been quite comedic but not ideal for a series of this magnitude.”