Neil Rock has withdrawn from the Ireland cricket squad after testing positive for Covid-19, with Stephen Doheny called up as a replacement.

Team management was informed of the positive result today, and Rock has been isolated from the squad as he awaits a follow-up test at the team hotel.

Doheny, meanwhile, will undergo a Covid test this afternoon and – given a negative outcome – will join the squad tomorrow.

Ireland are due to face South Africa in three one-day internationals and three T20 games this month. Rock was only part of the T20 squad but also trained with the ODI group.

Mark Rausa, Head of Sport Science, Physiotherapy and Medical Services for Cricket Ireland, said: "Due to our biosecurity measures and contact tracing, we are satisfied that we do not have any genuine close contact cases and this should therefore have minimal impact on the squad.

"However, out of an abundance of caution due to the proximity of the series start, we will test one player and one staff member who had confirmed they spent a short amount of time with Neil with correct Covid safe precautions in place. We expect them to test negative and re-join the squad tomorrow."