The English cricket staffer who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Canberra will remain in the capital when the squad travels to Adelaide to begin its Women's Ashes campaign.
After arriving in Canberra on January 9, where the four-day Test match between Australia and England will be played later this month as part of the Ashes, English players and staff took two PCR tests - the second of which came back positive for a member of its support team.
Further testing has come back negative for the rest of the players and staff. They will take one more PCR test before travelling to South Australia on Monday, ahead of the first of three T20s at the Adelaide Oval to begin the series.
England's touring party has been based in Canberra, with the Manuka Oval Test anchoring the Ashes series. The first 50-over match between the two sides will also be played at Manuka Oval on February 3 before two fixtures in Melbourne.
The COVID case is the latest blow in a disjointed preparation for England, who were forced to spend two weeks locked down at their homes before travelling to Australia.
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"We were always going to be affected by COVID. We've already been affected by COVID in our preparations - there's obviously concerns and anxieties from the group," England captain Heather Knight said.
"We've had to live safe for two weeks in the UK from Christmas pretty much just in order to get out here, and it's been a colossal effort from the players, from the staff and from all the households of every single player.
"[With] how prevalent Omicron variant has been in the UK, it's been very tricky and challenging just to get everyone out here."
Knight said English players had been forced to enlist family members and housemates to help them prepare for the series.
"We've had mums feeding bowling machines, boyfriends slinging, girlfriends slinging, dads batting and any family members of households supporting our training," Knight said.
"You can imagine it's been pretty comical but obviously not ideal preparation for a series of this magnitude. But it's been completely unavoidable for us to do that just to get everyone on the plane out here.
"We haven't had the best preparation but what we've got to do is try and make the most of it and we're absolutely going to do that.
"There's a frustration there at the moment but it's the times we're living in. It's very challenging to tour with COVID around.
"The restrictions we've been under have changed as well, so just being adaptable to that as a player's been quite tricky. As soon as you get your head around something, something else changes.
"We're doing everything we can to try and get ourselves prepped and be ready for that first game."
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