England v India: Previous Trafford Check cancelled – what occurs now?

Sam Curran

The fifth Test was England’s last before the Ashes series in Australia starts in December

What a disappointment.

The cancellation of the fifth Test between England and India denies a pulsating a series a fitting climax, ends the men’s international summer on a whimper and, more importantly, robs the paying public.

The fallout from the non-event at Emirates Old Trafford has begun, even if the tone between England and India is one of diplomacy.

Amid the questions, some can be answered, while others will take time to be played out to a conclusion.

What happened?

India head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for Covid-19 during India’s fourth-Test win last week, forcing three other staff members to isolate.

When another member of the backroom team, a physio, tested positive on Thursday, India cancelled training.

Although all players tested negative and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said the Test would go ahead, discussions that went on through Thursday night ultimately led to the…