South Africa and England were scheduled to play the first game of the three-match ODI series on 4th December 2020, but the news came in that one player of South Africa has been tested COVID-19 positive. After the news arrived, Cricket South Africa confirmed the first ODI had been rescheduled on 6th December 2020 on Sunday.
Considering the safety and well-being of the cricketers in mind, CEOs of CSA and ECB have mutually agreed to postpone the first match to Sunday.
South Africa And England Cricket Board Confirm Postponement Of 1st ODI
England won earlier the three-match T20I series by 3-0. England chased in all the matches and won by 5 wickets, 4 wickets and 9 wickets.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 4, 2020
Dawid Malan of England scored 173 runs averaging 86.5 in 3 innings. Apart from him and South African duo of Rassie Van Der Dussen and Faf Du Plessis, none scored more than 100 runs.
Tabraiz Shamsi, the left arm china-man spinner was highest wicket-taker besides pacer Lungi Ngidi both of whom took 4 wickets averaging less than 27.
South Africa And England Will Contest In Back-To-Back ODIs
Two South African players who weren’t named earlier tested positive for the dreaded virus on November 19 and 21 respectively. The 2nd ODI will be held on 7th on Monday, and the 3rd slated on 9th will happen on the same day.
The two teams will now play back-to-back ODIs on December 6 and 7. Acting CEO of CSA, Kugandrie Govender as well as CEO of ECB, Tom Harrison agreed to postpone the first fixture to Sunday.
The 1st ODI now will be at Paarl and 2nd, and 3rd ODI will be at Cape Town. England had sent Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Dawid Malan, Sam Curran and Chris Jordan back home while Joe Root and Chris Woakes have been included. Injured pacer of the African team Kagiso Rabada will miss ODI series against England.