Four members of India’s support staff had already gone into isolation during the Oval Test.© AFP
Another member of the Indian cricket team’s support staff has tested positive for COVID-19 a day before the fifth and final test against England in Manchester, according to NewsMadura sources. India’s training on the eve of the Test has therefore been cancelled. Previously, head coach Ravi Shastri and fellow support staff – Bharat Arun, R Sridhar and Nitin Patel – had gone into isolation in England after Shastri returned a positive test result. According to later reports, two of Shastri’s fellow support workers in isolation had also tested positive.
The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team had last trained in Manchester on Wednesday but were asked to stay at the hotel after Thursday’s positive test result.
India are currently leading the five-match Test series 2-1 and only need a draw in Manchester to secure the series victory.
The visitors had started the series drawing the opening test at Trent Bridge in a rain-stricken match.
In the second Test at Lord’s, India wrote a 151 run win to take a 1-0 lead in the series, but England came back strong in the third Test at Headingley when India collapsed for 78 in their first innings before taking a suffered a humiliating loss by an innings and 76 runs.
Kohli’s side, however, fought back in the fourth Test at the Oval and, bolstered by impressive performances from Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur, took a 157-run victory to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
India is looking for a fourth test series win on English soil.
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