Ashes 2021-22: Travis Head ruled out of SCG test after positive Covid result

Australia batsman Travis Head has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been put in isolation. Head. Who is asymptomatic, will not travel to Sydney with Australia’s Ashes team and will be in Melbourne with his partner during his seven-day isolation period.

Head thus became the first player from an Australia or England team to test positive for the virus and put the rest of the Ashes 2021-22 in jeopardy. This comes a day after England head coach Chris Silverwood was forced into self-isolation after a member of his family tested positive for Covid-19 and thus will not be available for the Sydney Test as well. .

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“As part of our testing procedures, we PCR test players, their families and our support staff,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said on Friday.

“Unfortunately, Travis returned a positive COVID-19 result earlier today. Thankfully, he is asymptomatic at this stage. We hope he will be available to play in Vodafone’s fifth Men’s Ashes Test in Hobart.

“We are grateful to our exceptional medical staff for all they have done throughout this series and we will continue to work with and support players, their families and staff on both teams,” the spokesperson said.

Usman Khawaja, who is already a part of the Australia squad, will be the most likely to replace Head. Cricket Australia, however, has called in Mitchell Marsh, Nick Maddinson and Josh Inglis as cover in case more players return positive results.

As per reports, the Australian team’s departure from Melbourne to Sydney has been delayed due to CA’s replacement.

On Friday, match referee David Boon also tested positive and will not be a part of the Sydney Test starting January 5. He has been replaced by Steve Bernard.

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