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West Indies-Australia series to resume with new dates

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The ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series between West Indies and Australia is set to resume after backing from both national boards and Barbados government medical officials.

After the postponement of the series' second match, the teams will face off on Saturday and Monday, with 20 points going towards automatic World Cup qualification.

The second match was suspended after Alex Carey won the toss and elected to bat on Thursday. A non-playing member of the West Indies contingent returned a positive test in the lead-up to play, forcing medical officials from both sides to intervene. Since the postponement, the 152-person group of players, coaching staff, officials and television crew have all returned negative test results, enabling the series to continue largely unaffected.

Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies, praised the work and cooperation between both team's boards and health teams.

"I appreciate the crucial role of the BCA and the Government of Barbados for working closely with Cricket West Indies to ensure everything is in place for resuming the series," Skerritt said.

"It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go-ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.

"We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their co-operation in this matter as we look to get the games going again. Special thanks to our CEO Johnny Grave, Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, his CEO Nick Hockley along with our respective medical and operations teams."

Australia made a fine start to the series, winning by 133 runs (DLS), as Mitchell Starc tore through the hosts' batting order with figures of 5/48. The result moved Australia up to third on the Super League standings, while the West Indies sit ninth, currently outside the automatic qualification spots.

After the three-match series, the West Indies will stay in Barbados for five T20Is against Pakistan.

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