Play off at SCG in Sheffield Shield match after suspected COVID-19 case

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Friday’s Sheffield Shield match at the SCG has been suspended due to a positive COVID-19 test result from Victorian all-rounder Will Sutherland.

Multiple player sources with knowledge of the situation have told the Herald they were informed on Friday morning the opening day of play would not begin on time because of a COVID-19 scare.

Play is suspended at the SCG on Friday after Victoria’s Will Sutherland tested positive for COVID-19.Credit:iStock

It is understood a decision on whether the match will begin will be determined after more tests have been completed.

Cricket Australia confirmed the match would not start at 10.30am as scheduled.

“The Marsh Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria at the Sydney Cricket Ground, scheduled to begin today, has been postponed due to a possible COVID-19 case in the Victorian side,” the statement read.

“In the course of routine COVID-19 testing, Will Sutherland has returned a test result which requires further analysis. The Victorian team is currently self-isolating while this analysis and investigation takes place.

“Cricket Australia will provide further updates in due course.”

Victorian players will undergo tests over the coming hours to determine that it is indeed a positive test.

A Cricket Victoria statement read: “In the course of routine COVID-19 testing, Victorian player Will Sutherland has returned a test result which requires further analysis. The Victorian team is currently self-isolating while this analysis and investigation takes place.”

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