COVID-19 all clear for South African cricket team

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's limited overs team have returned an all clear after a third round of COVID-19 testing on the eve of their opening match against England at Newlands on Friday but have lost all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius to injury.

The two players who tested positive last week were not part of the tested group and remain in isolation and are being monitored, said a statement from Cricket South Africa. "They are progressing well and are in good health" it added, without naming them.

A fourth round of testing was conducted on Thursday with results expected later.

The possibility of infections in the South African camp at one stage threatened the six-match English tour. The two countries are playing three Twenty 20 international and three One-Day Internationals at Newlands and in Paarl.

Pretorius, 31, with 22 ODI caps, suffered a hamstring injury during a practice at Newlands and is expected to be out for a month. No replacement will be named, CSA added.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)