England will travel home from the tour tomorrow ©Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said two members of its travelling party in South Africa will be permitted to return home after virologists determined they were not infected with coronavirus.

Two members of England's tour party returned "unconfirmed positive tests" for coronavirus on Sunday (December 6).

This led to the opening one-day international between England and South Africa in Paarl being called off.

The match had already been postponed previously due to a member of the South African squad testing positive.

All three matches of the one-day series were later postponed by the ECB and Cricket South Africa.

The decision was taken jointly by the two Boards, with the aim of ensuring the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams.

England are now due to depart South Africa tomorrow (December 10).

Their party will include the two individuals who recorded the unconfirmed positive tests, after it was deemed they were not infected.

England won a Twenty20 series against the hosts prior to coronavirus impacting the one-day matches ©Getty Images
England won a Twenty20 series against the hosts prior to coronavirus impacting the one-day matches ©Getty Images

"Following the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp in South Africa, the England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that, following further testing and analysis, in the opinion of the independent virologists based in Cape Town and London, the two individuals are not infected, and do not pose any risk of passing on the infection to the rest of the party," said Professor Nick Peirce, ECB chief medical officer.

"As such, the advice is they are now free to join the rest of the group and are no longer self-isolating.

"The England party, returning to the UK, will depart Cape Town on Thursday morning."

The ECB and Cricket South Africa say they will work together to determine when the three-match Series, which forms part of the Cricket Men's Super League, can take place in the future.

England beat South Africa 3-0 in a Twenty20 series before coronavirus impacted the one-day matches.

The ECB have also confirmed they will face Sri Lanka in a two-Test series in January.

The series was postponed in March due to the pandemic.