Coronavirus: New Zealand bowler Lockie Ferguson in isolation

Monday, 16 Mar, 2020

New Zealand Cricket has revealed that pacer Lockie Ferguson was isolated from his team-mates and undertook a precautionary COVID-19 test after reporting a sore throat.

In light of the latest developments, the ongoing ODI series between Australia and New Zealand have been postponed owing to coronavirus concerns.

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has admitted that whilst the experience of playing behind closed doors was "different", he enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere during Australia's 71 run victory against New Zealand.

A three-match Twenty20 series scheduled in New Zealand against Australia, beginning in Dunedin on March 24, has also been postponed.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said the bulk of the Black Caps squad would fly home this evening.

While several worldwide sporting events have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the two cricket boards chose to go ahead with three one-day internationals despite concerns.

The new restrictions meant New Zealand's cricket team would head home from their current tour of Australia later on Saturday, the sport's national federation said.

Earlier, Aussie paceman Kane Richardson was also tested for Coronavirus, after suffering from a sore throat on Thursday.

Stead said the players were happy to continue the series in Sydney but also supported the Government's decision which saw them quickly booked on a flight on Saturday.

"This new border restriction is to come into effect tomorrow at midnight (10pm Sydney time)".

However, the first ODI in Dharamsala. was abandoned due to rain.

New Zealand so far only has six confirmed cases of the virus and has recorded no fatalities.

The Black Caps had already undergone their own coronavirus scare the night before, with star seamer Lockie Ferguson has been placed in isolation after his side's opening ODI defeat. It was initially decided that the rest of the matches, which were to be held in Lucknow (March 15) and Kolkata (March 18), would be played without spectators.