Channel Seven's cricket lineup has been sent into covid chaos 1

Channel Seven’s cricket lineup has been sent into covid chaos

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Covid chaos hits Ashes celebrity commentator panel as Abbey Gelmi, Lord Ian Botham, Mel McLaughlin and Ricky Ponting vanish from Seven’s presenting lineup


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Channel Seven’s star Ashes commentators have been forced into Covid-19 isolation, forcing the network to turn to a second-string panel.

Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Alison Mitchell and Ian Botham were forced to take Covid tests after a Seven staff member contracted the virus on Sunday night.

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Isolation requirements meant they were unable to present day two of the third Ashes Test in Melbourne Monday morning, with Big Bash commentators Alastair Nicholson, Andy Maher, Jason Richardson and Lisa Sthalekar leading the coverage instead. 

Fears: Channel Seven's all-star cricket commentator lineup has been sent into chaos after a team member tested positive to COVID-19 on Sunday night. Pictured: Brad Hodge, Abbey Gelmi and Lisa Sthalekar

Fears: Channel Seven’s all-star cricket commentator lineup has been sent into chaos after a team member tested positive to COVID-19 on Sunday night. Pictured: Brad Hodge, Abbey Gelmi and Lisa Sthalekar

Gone: BBL host Mel McLaughlin (left) and expert commentators Lord Ian Botham (centre) and Ricky Ponting (right) were notably missing from presenting duties on Monday

Gone: BBL host Mel McLaughlin (left) and expert commentators Lord Ian Botham (centre) and Ricky Ponting (right) were notably missing from presenting duties on Monday

Seven confirmed the changes in a statement, revealing the staff member who tested positive was asymptomatic.

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‘The Seven Network confirms it is responding after a member of staff working on the Ashes broadcast at the MCG tested positive to COVID-19 on Sunday night,’ Seven Network Head of Sport Lewis Martin said in a statement.

‘The staff member was asymptomatic at time of testing and has been in self isolation since the moment the positive test was returned.

‘Seven is activating its Covid measures to ensure the health and safety of all staff, as well as the broader community, and is working in line with all relevant guidelines and regulations. We are working closely with the MCG operational team and Cricket Australia.

‘Just as the broader community is experiencing, we have Covid response scenarios to ensure the impact on Seven’s broadcast is limited. There have been a number of changes to today’s production schedule, which will be led by Alistair Nicholson, Andy Maher and Jason Richardson with expert comments from Lisa Sthalekar, Brad Hodge, Callum Ferguson, Michael Atherton and Dirk Nannes.

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‘Seven’s number one priority is the health, safety and welfare of all staff and the community.’

This was the second Covid scare on Monday after four Covid cases were identified in the England camp. 

A family member of one of the English support staff tested positive, forcing the entire squad to take rapid antigen tests on Monday morning.  

The team was cleared to travel to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and warm up after test results cleared the team’s members of any infection.

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Play is now expected to start later this morning, slightly delayed from the 10.30am start with Australia 1/61 after bowling England out for just 185.

Cricket Australia said shortly before play was due to start on day two that more members of the England squad were positive after rapid antigen tests.

A Covid scare in the England team, with a family member of the squad returning a positive test, caused day two of the third Ashes Test to be delayed

A Covid scare in the England team, with a family member of the squad returning a positive test, caused day two of the third Ashes Test to be delayed

‘Cricket Australia has been informed that two members of the England Cricket Team’s support staff and two of their family members have returned a positive Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test,’ it said. 

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‘The affected individuals are currently isolating.’  

‘The entire playing group and all other support staff have undertaken rapid antigen tests this morning and all have tested negative. 

‘The England team will also have PCR tests today, and both teams will take extra precautions throughout play.

‘There is currently no further impact on fans or other parts of the venue. 

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‘Cricket Australia and the MCC will continue to monitor the situation and follow the endorsed Victorian Government Covid-Safe event plan.’ 

 

 

  

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Safety first: The presenters are understood to be in isolation while they await their COVID-19 results. Pictured: Abbey Gelmi

Safety first: The presenters are understood to be in isolation while they await their COVID-19 results. Pictured: Abbey Gelmi 

Pictured: Host McLaughlin, Lord Botham and Pointing during Sunday's broadcast

Pictured: Host McLaughlin, Lord Botham and Pointing during Sunday’s broadcast

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