The Ashes: Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach, will miss the fourth Test after a family member tested positive for Covid-19

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The Ashes: After a family member tested positive for Covid-19, England head coach Chris Silverwood will miss the fourth Ashes Test.

After the last set of PCR tests among the touring party revealed a positive case, Silverwood and his family must isolate for 10 days in Melbourne.

The fourth Test begins on January 5 in Sydney, with Australia having already clinched the Ashes after leading the five-match series 3-0.

Since a PCR testing procedure was instituted on December 27, during the third Test match, England has documented seven positive instances – three support employees and four family members.

Along with Silverwood, bowling coach Jon Lewis, spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel, and fitness consultant Darren Veness are the three other England coaching staff members who are temporarily isolated and unable to go to Sydney.

On Thursday, the tourists had the fourth round of PCR tests. On Friday morning, both teams are scheduled to fly to Sydney on a chartered aeroplane.

England has now lost nine of their past 12 Test matches and won only one, putting Silverwood’s job as head coach and national selector under growing stress.

England will be led to Sydney by assistant coach Graham Thorpe. Another source of concern is match referee David Boon, who has got the illness and will miss the fourth Test. His absence was confirmed just as a Big Bash League match between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers was called off at the eleventh hour due to a confirmed case.

On Thursday, another round of PCR testing for England was completed, the fourth batch since the first positive in the travelling party, and an all-clear is needed to put to rest serious doubts regarding the series’ continuation.

On Thursday morning, Thorpe and Ant Botha conducted an optional net session at the MCG, with Jimmy Anderson among those in attendance.

Anderson is hoping that his team will be able to fly to Sydney.

England’s Ashes squad is crossing their fingers that the Covid-19 outbreak that has forced head coach Silverwood to miss the fourth Test has not progressed any further, according to James Anderson.

As he appraised a fluid scenario with some ambiguity, the 39-year-old spoke for the camp.

He stated, ” “We just hope it doesn’t spread any further and that everyone is safe and able to get to Sydney.

“We discovered it late last night (about Silverwood). It’s irritating, and the entire team was put to the test again this morning.

“All we can hope for now is that it doesn’t go any further and that everyone is safe and able to travel to Sydney.” We’re attempting to keep the spread under control as much as possible by following the hotel’s safety standards.

“It’s not ideal, but this is the nature of the tour.” Something has been going on the whole time. There’s a lot of stuff going on outside of cricket that might be distracting, so it’s something we have to deal with.”

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