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England v India fifth Test called off at last minute over Covid concerns

  • Cloud of uncertainty hangs over result of Test series
  • ECB staring at a £30m financial blackhole after decision

England’s summer of Test cricket has ended in dramatic fashion after their series finale against India at Old Trafford was cancelled on the first morning of the match following the recent Covid-19 outbreak among the touring party.

The England and Wales Cricket Board believed the fifth Test would go ahead on Thursday evening after India’s players cleared a full round of emergency PCR tests in response to a fourth member of their backroom staff contracting the virus.

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