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The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was called off due to COVID-19 case

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The second ODI of the ongoing series between Australia and the West Indies was suspended due to a positive COVID-19 case in the bio bubble.

The confirmation of the COVID-19 case came just a few minutes after the start of the toss in Barbados.

A Cricket West Indies (CWI) statement says the positive case belongs to a non-playing member of the West Indies team.

Cricket.com.au reports that the teams have been staying on different floors, but shared a charter plane from St Lucia to Barbados on Saturday.

Every person who was there on the matchday in the stadium will have to go through rounds of testing and they already have gone into isolation in their respective rooms.

Just before the news was out, the toss for the second ODI was done and it was Australia’s stand-in skipper Alex Carey who won the toss and decided to bat first. Australia’s Riley Meredith missed his ODI debut as he was presented his cap right before the toss by Aaron Finch. That was the only change in the Australian team from the first game.

Windies on the other hand also made a lone change with their stalwart Shai Hope coming in place of Shimron Hetmyer to partner Evin Lewis at the top.

Authorities will take a decision on whether the ODI series can go ahead as planned and will be made once all test results are confirmed.

This is the first time Australia has been involved in a travel bubble that’s been breached during the pandemic following successful tours of England and New Zealand. They recently confirmed their tour to Bangladesh and this breach of the bubble may put their future travelling plans in serious doubts.

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