The first ODI between South Africa and England has been called off for Covid-related reasons, Cricbuzzhas learnt.

The match was to have been played at Newlands on Friday, but news that it would not go ahead started filtering through – without confirmation from CSA – just more than two hours before the scheduled start.

“This decision results from a player from the Proteas team testing positive for COVID-19 after the teams’ last round of scheduled testing performed on Thursday ahead of the ODIs,” a CSA media release said.

“In the interests of the safety and well-being of both teams, match officials and all involved in the match, the Acting CEO of CSA, Kugandrie Govender as well as the CEO of the ECB, Tom Harrison, have agreed to postpone the first fixture to Sunday.”