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Final Test match between England and India called off over COVID-19 concerns

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The deciding cricket Test match between England and India has been called off after a COVID-19 outbreak among the visiting team.

The fifth match was due to being at 11am this morning at Old Trafford, with the series poised at 2-1 to India.

But the visitors cancelled a practice session on Thursday ahead of the match after a member of their support staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Head coach Ravi Shastri also tested positive during India’s fourth Test victory at The Oval last week.

In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said: “Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are unable to field a team and will regrettably instead forfeit the match.

“We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many.”