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Brisbane Heat's Chris Lynn, Dan Lawrence investigated over potential coronavirus protocol breach

Cricket Australia is investigating a suspected breach of the Big Bash League's COVID-19 protocols involving Heat captain Chris Lynn and his teammate Dan Lawrence.

Cricket Australia (CA) is investigating a potential COVID-19 protocol breach involving Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn and his teammate Dan Lawrence.

Key points:
  • Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence were permitted to play in tonight's BBL match
  • The pair have returned negative COVID-19 tests
  • They must physically distance themselves from teammates against the Thunder in Canberra

Lynn and Lawrence were given permission to play in this evening's BBL match against the Sydney Thunder at Canberra's Manuka Oval, despite having close contact with members of the public in Canberra at the weekend.

They were instructed they must distance themselves from teammates at Manuka Oval.

The pair have returned negative COVID-19 tests, but CA is still trying to determine the extent of their breaches and its investigation is ongoing.

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"We're confident this will be successfully achieved," CA's chief medical officer John Orchard said in a statement.

"They must maintain a physical distance on and particularly off the field (indoors) with teammates, opposing players, staff and match officials.

"We have protocols in place for all matches for interaction between those inside and outside the hub.

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"Factors including the outdoor nature of the contest, the generally socially distanced nature of cricket on-field and the fact Canberra is considered a low-risk city support the conclusion that both can play tonight without posing a meaningful risk."

While minor, it is potentially Australian cricket's first COVID-19 protocol breach of the domestic season. The WBBL tournament was played without incident.

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