Gillette ODI Series v New Zealand
Ferguson cleared of COVID-19 after reporting illness
New Zealand fast bowler underwent tests on Saturday after experiencing a sore throat during the first ODI against Australia at the SCG
AAP & Cricket Network
14 March 2020, 07:16 AM AEST
New Zealand Cricket have confirmed fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has tested negative to COVID-19.
Ferguson had been placed into isolation after suffering a sore throat following Friday's one-day international against Australia. He underwent tests on the ailment following the 71-run loss, given his international travel from New Zealand in the past week.
Now given the all-clear, he's expected to return home to New Zealand on Sunday morning.
It comes after the series between Australia and the Blackcaps was postponed on Saturday after the New Zealand government enforced stricter border policies intended to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
A NZC statement on Saturday detailed plans for most of the squad to return home on Saturday evening, ahead of the new rules being actioned from midnight on Sunday.
The second and third ODIs scheduled for Sydney and Hobart will no longer be played, nor will Australia travel to New Zealand for another trio of T20s.
Ferguson wasn't the first player involved in the series to experience illness.
The 29-year-old was also quarantined from his team sent for tests for coronavirus, but was cleared of the issue and returned to the ground late in the game.
It comes as the Indian Premier League was delayed from March 29 to April 15 due to the outbrea, while South Africa's remaining two ODIs in India were postponed.
The statement on the IPL by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came hours after authorities in Delhi announced that they will not allow any sporting activity in the national capital due to the health crisis.
"The BCCI has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15 April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (Covid-10) situation," the board said in a statement.
The BCCI said it was "taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience," it added.
India on Friday called off two remaining one-day internationals against South Africa because of the coronavirus pandemic, the cricket board said.
The first of the three-match ODI series in Dharamsala on Thursday was washed out without a ball being bowled.
The next game was scheduled for Lucknow on Sunday followed by the last one in Kolkata on Wednesday.
"Cricket South Africa will visit India at a later date to play three one-day internationals," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement, adding that a revised schedule would be worked out soon.
Gillette ODI Series v New Zealand
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Jhye Richardson (SA series only), Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
First ODI: Australia win by 71 runs