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23rd July, 2021
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Australia’s cricketers can breathe a sigh of relief in the Caribbean after their COVID tests returned negative results.

Both the Australian and the West Indies cricket camps were forced to undergo COVID tests after a staff member from the hosts tested positive for the virus.

The second ODI at Kensington Oval was suspended without a ball being bowled as a result, with the tourists leading the three-match series 1-0.

The Windies said in a statement on Saturday morning (AEST) all members, including players and staff, involved in the series had tested negative.

“Cricket West Indies is pleased to announce that all 152 persons tested for COVID-19 on Thursday evening returned negative results.”

CWI are now locked in discussions with Cricket Australia, the Barbados government and health officials about resuming the three-match series.

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The third ODI is scheduled for Saturday (Sunday, AEST), with the Australians then heading to Bangladesh to play five games at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from August 3 to August 9.

Australia will  return to a lockdown-style existence in their first tour of cricket-mad Bangladesh since 2017.

The five T20 games against the Tigers will be invaluable for an Australian outfit seeking more match play before the World Cup in the UAE later this year.

© AAP

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