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The Ashes: ICC match referee David Boon replaced for 4th Test at the SCG after positive Covid Test

England's Joe Root
England's Joe Root

The ICC match referee for the Vodafone men’s Ashes series, David Boon, has tested positive to Covid-19 following a PCR Test.


Steve Bernard, a member of the International Panel of ICC Referees and based in NSW, will take over as match referee for the fourth Ashes Test match, starting on January 5 at the SCG.


It is anticipated that David Boon will return to the role for the fifth Test in Hobart, starting on January 14.  He is asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, including having a booster.


Boon will remain in Melbourne and in line with Victorian State Government Health guidelines will continue quarantining for 10 days.


All players from both teams, their families, the England and Australian support staff and the match officials have been having daily PCR tests since Monday, December 27.