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Will Sutherland tested positive for Covid-19, ending a Sheffield Shield game just ahead of the scheduled draw date.
The clash between Victoria’s Sheffield Shield and New South Wales has been postponed after all-rounder Will Sutherland tested positive for Covid-19.
The decision to postpone the game came just hours before Friday’s draw was scheduled for 10 a.m. (12 p.m. NZT) at SCG.
The entire Victoria camp has been placed in self-isolation while further analysis is carried out on the Sutherland test which is said to have shown some abnormalities.
Cricket Australia don’t know how long the match will be postponed, but it is understood that there will be no match on Friday.
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The Victorian players will remain in Sydney for the time being.
The positive test does not impact the Victorians inside the Queensland bubble for the Ashes, which includes Marcus Harris and Australia representatives A Scott Boland and Nic Maddinson.
“During routine Covid-19 testing, Will Sutherland returned a test result that requires further analysis,” CA said in a statement.
“The Victorian team is now self-isolating while this analysis and investigation takes place.”
All of the NSW and Victoria teams have been fully vaccinated, with cricket being the first sport to achieve full dose across the country at the national level.
But the postponement of Friday’s game marks an important point in Australian sport.
This is the first cricket match and high level sporting fixture in the country to have a match impacted by a positive test in a vaccinated group.
Abroad, sporting matches have traditionally continued if there are enough players to enter the pitch after positive cases and close contact are removed.
This was also the case at the England County cricket competition in 2021, as part of the preparation for the Ashes.
But Australia has continued to take a more conservative approach during the pandemic.
This was highlighted when a Shield game between Tasmania and Queensland was postponed last month over border concerns amid fears of an outbreak in Brisbane.
Sutherland has played in both Shield games between the teams over the past four weeks, with Victoria winning both.