• Ferguson isolated amid coronavirus fears

    New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been tested for the coronavirus and is in isolation after complaining of a sore throat.

    Ferguson is the second international cricketer to be tested positive for the virus. Earlier this week, Australian seamer Kane Richardson tested negative.

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    ‘In accordance with recommended health protocols, Lockie has been placed in isolation at the team hotel for the next 24 hours after reporting a sore throat at the end of the first ODI,’ read a statement from New Zealand Cricket.

    ‘Once the test results are received and diagnosed, his return to the team can be determined.’

    New Zealand’s limited-overs tour of Australia, meanwhile, has been abandoned. The tourists lost the series opener, before the remainder of the tour was cancelled.

    ‘In response to the New Zealand government’s latest travel restrictions, Cricket Australia has been advised the New Zealand team will be returning home immediately,’ said Cricket Australia.

    Preventative measures against the virus have had several cricket events cancelled, including the Everest Premier League in Nepal, the T20I series between the World XI and Asia XI in Bangladesh, the Australian Women’s tour of South Africa, the Proteas’ ODI series in India and more.

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