Cricket-Ashes players cleared of COVID, third test to resume

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Ashes - Third Test - Australia v England

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -England and Australia’s cricketers have been cleared to play day three of the third Ashes test in Melbourne after all testing negative for COVID-19, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday.

"The families of both sets of players also had PCR tests yesterday and all returned a negative test," CA said in a statement.

The players undertook PCR tests after two England support staff and two of their family members tested positive this week and were forced into isolation.

England were cleared to play day two on Monday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after taking rapid antigen tests.

Day three starts at 10:30 a.m. local time (2330 GMT).

England will resume at 31 for four in the their second innings, needing 51 runs to make Australia bat again.

Holders Australia, 2-0 up in the series after winning in Brisbane and Adelaide, need only draw the match in Melbourne to retain the urn.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom, Editing by Ed Osmond)

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