Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Cricket Australia Statement on Sheffield Shield match between NSW and Victoria

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The Marsh Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria will begin tomorrow morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Cricket Australia, Cricket New South Wales and Cricket Victoria will continue to prioritise the health and safety of all players, match officials, staff and fans throughout the match.

Victorian player Will Sutherland has returned a second positive COVID-19 test and is self-isolating. The remainder of the Victorian squad and support staff have been tested for COVID-19. Ten members have returned negative test results, with the remaining six outstanding.

No members of the Victorian squad and support staff have been deemed close contacts of Sutherland under NSW Health guidelines. Should all negative tests be returned, the match can begin.

The match will be a full four-day fixture and begin at 10:30am AEDT tomorrow morning.

The Marsh One-Day Cup match between the two sides remains scheduled for Wednesday, November 24 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Dr John Orchard, Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, said:

“Will Sutherland is currently self-isolating and experiencing minor symptoms after testing positive. He is in good spirits and in regular contact with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia staff.

“We are satisfied the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria can begin safely tomorrow.

“While it is impossible to remove all risk from this situation, Will was relatively non-infectious during his periods of interaction with members of the Victorian team.

“As such, and due to their compliance with biosecurity protocols, all members of the Victorian squad have been deemed casual contacts. They will be able to take the field at the SCG tomorrow subject to receiving negative results.”


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