Sussex’s pre-season trip to South Africa is off.

The squad are flying back from Cape Town amid concerns over coronavirus.

Head coach Jason Gillespie had been confident a two-day match versus Cardiff MCCU starting tomorrow today would go ahead.

However, plans changed dramatically this evening.

None of the touring party are displaying symptoms associated with the virus.

Sussex Cricket performance director Keith Greenfield said: “We have been monitoring the fast-moving situation regarding Coronavirus prior to and during the tour and, with travel restrictions increasing, we’ve made the decision to return to the UK at the earliest opportunity.

“This is obviously disappointing, but – as ever - the wellbeing of our players and staff is our number one priority.”