Cricket Australia’s Nick Hockley joins raft of positive Covid cases ahead of fourth Test in Sydney… but chief had ‘no direct contact’ with either side
- Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley is the latest to test positive for coronavirus
- The fourth Ashes Test has descended into chaos amid a raft of new cases
- Match referee David Boon and legend Glenn McGrath have caught the virus
- Hockley had ‘no direct contact’ with either team ahead of the Sydney Test
Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley has joined the growing ranks of Covid-19 cases around the Ashes series.
Hockley is said to have had ‘no direct contact’ with either team and is isolating with mild symptoms but his is just the latest in a widespread raft of positive results around the wider Test match environment.
Only one player, Australia batter Travis Head, has so far been affected but the spread continues to grow sharply both in the community and close to the cricket.
Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley has become the latest figure to test positive for Covid
Four members of England’s backroom staff, including head coach Chris Silverwood, five of their travelling family contingent, match referee David Boon, at least one local net bowler and guest of honour Glenn McGrath have all contracted the virus.
Hockley said: ‘After experiencing mild symptoms, I immediately got a PCR test which has since returned a positive result. I am isolating at home with my family, who have returned negative results.
‘Over recent days, we have seen cases in relation to the Australian men’s Ashes team and some of the BBL teams.
‘It is a reminder of the complexity Covid-19 presents for major sporting events and the importance of being vaccinated, getting a booster as soon as possible, and getting tested as soon as symptoms present themselves.’
The fourth Ashes Test is on a knife-edge amid a raft of positive cases among those in Australia