New Zealand’s bid of beating England at their home has gotten off to a shaky start with three Blackcaps isolating after testing Covid positive.

The news comes the day their four-day warm-up against Sussex was to take place.

The match will go on as scheduled.

Batter Henry Nicholls, seamer Blair Tickner, and Blackcaps bowling coach Shane Jurgensen were the ones to return a positive test.

All three have been put into isolation for a period of five days.

Nicholls who had recently suffered a calf injury was not expected to feature in the match.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed the rest of the touring party had tested negative and the situation will continue to be assessed as the game goes ahead.

Blackcaps are already without captain Kane Williamson who is at home awaiting the birth of his second child.

Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Daryl Mitchell are busy with the Indian Premier League duties.

The first of the three test matches between the two sides is scheduled to take place from 2nd to 6th June at Lords Cricket ground.

This will be England’s first series after a significant period of change on and off the field.

Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum will make their debuts as first-time test captain and coach respectively.