Three members of New Zealand’s touring party to England return COVID-19 positive.

Three members of the New Zealand touring tour group in the UK have tested positive for COVID-19, namely fast pitcher Blair Tickner, middleweight bowler Henry Nicholls and bowling coach Shane Jürgensen. A media release from NZC also confirmed the same.

The trio tested positive after undergoing rapid antigen tests on Friday morning and have begun a five-day quarantine. However, the visitors’ four-day warm-up match (May 20 – May 23) against Sussex ahead of series three Tests will go ahead as scheduled.

NEWS | Henry Nicholls, Blair Tickner and Shane Jurgensen have begun a five-day quarantine in their hotel room after testing positive for Covid-19. The rest of the tour has returned negative results and today’s match 4 will go ahead as planned .on.nzc.nz/3G0Uirm

Nicholls, a key member of the Kiwis’ middleweight side in redball cricket, is dealing with injury issues. Nampaw suffered a first-degree strain in his right calf while running drills during a pre-training camp at Mount Maunganui earlier this month.

However, he received a permit to travel to England with the Test group. Nicholls is likely to miss both practice games and face a tight race to get fit for the opening game in London.

Meanwhile, Tickner has yet to launch the Test but has appeared in two ODIs and eight T20Is. The right wing pacer most recently took part in the ODI series against the Netherlands.

Jurgensen is in his second stint for the national team, having previously played for them between 2008-2010. He has been in this role since 2016.

New Zealand plays second warm-up match against FCC

New Zealand cricket team. (Image credit: Getty)
New Zealand cricket team. (Image credit: Getty)

Kane Williamson and Co will face FCC XI in a second warm-up on May 26. Black Caps and England will play three Tests at Lord, Nottingham and Headingley, with the first starting on June 2. The second and third tests will begin on June 10 and June 23, respectively.

New Zealand will aim to repeat the success they achieved last year against England, when they won 1-0 in the rubber test. The First World Test Champions are sixth in the scorecards of the 2021-23 World Test Championships. They won two games, lost three and drew one.


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