Shield match postponed as virus confusion hits star

The Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria that was due to begin in Sydney this morning has been postponed.

Cricket Australia has confirmed Victorian bowler Will Sutherland has returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test.

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“In the course of routine COVID-19 testing, Will Sutherland has returned a test result which requires further analysis,” CA said in a statement.

“The Victorian team is currently self-isolating while this analysis and investigation takes place.

“Cricket Australia will provide further updates in due course.”

Both New South Wales and Victoria have had a disrupted start to the domestic season, unable to play other states due to travel restrictions.

The two sides have already met twice in the last three weeks, once in Sydney and once in Melbourne.

New South Wales and Victoria were set to play for the newly-named Hodge-Matthews Trophy, which honours state legends Brad Hodge and Greg Matthews.

“Just because I played a couple of games, took a couple of catches, and scored a couple of runs, to have a name on a trophy representing New South Wales, it’s one of the greatest honours that has been gifted upon me in my life,” Matthews said.

“To share this with Brad, someone who scored 992 runs in his first season as a young punk and an unbeaten 203 for Australia, it’s special and incredibly humbling.”

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