Another blow has come for the English camp, as their head coach who was already in isolation due to a family member being positive, is now covid positive himself. The coach, who is fully vaccinated is reportedly asymptomatic and will stay in isolation till 8th of January. He is however expected to return for the Hobart test which will start from the 14th of January.
On Sunday, news also came that a local net bowler was found Covid positive and subsequently, the match practice for England was called off. In a statement, Cricket Australia said: “Earlier today, the net bowlers provided for England’s training session were withdrawn, following two of the bowlers returning positive Covid tests as part of Cricket Australia’s pre-entry screening protocols. “Both bowlers have recently recovered from Covid infections and therefore did not pose any risk to the England playing group.”
Pat Cummins was dropped off from the second test match after it was learned that he was in the vicinity of an individual who turned out covid positive later on. The captain underwent isolation and returned for the Melbourne Test.
Teams and their family members have to go through repeated PCR tests in the bio-bubble environment. The good news for Australia is that all their players and family members have returned a negative against the PCR tests.
Earlier, Australia batsman Travis Head tested positive and will be missing the Sydney test match that is due on the 5th of January. England will be coached by Graeme Thorpe. There were plans of Adam Hollioake joining the squad but they were shelved after one of his contacts came out positive.
Australia has already taken an unassailable lead of 3 – 0 in the series and is looking for a whitewash whereas England will look to save some of their pride in the remaining two test matches.