Both squads and their support staff are staying in separate areas of the same Cape Town hotel, which is a sealed environment. No member of the England party has tested positive while they have been in the country.
Following Friday’s postponement, which was confirmed just more than two hours before the match was due to begin, England’s players are understood to have been considering asking for the tour, which started with a T20I series the visitors won 3-0, to be abandoned. Another positive test would likely have forced the issue, and may yet do so – the second and third matches will be played at Newlands on Monday and Wednesday, and more tests will be conducted before the scheduled end of the series.
Two of the home side’s players had caught the virus previously – one while inside the bubble – and two others were forced to isolate. But the South Africans are adamant their behaviour didn’t lead to the latest incident. “There was no breach to investigate from our team’s point of view,” team management told Cricbuzz on Saturday. How Covid-19 penetrated the bubble, which is controlled by police, remains a mystery – especially as the hotel staff are staying on site.
England did not train on Saturday. South Africa were due to train in Paarl in the afternoon.