Australia’s Jess Jonassen Kovid-19. missed the start of the tour of Ireland due to

Brisbane: Spinner Jess Jonassen will miss the first two matches of the Australian Women’s T20 tri-series in Ireland after testing positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the team’s departure for the United Kingdom.

The spin-bowling all-rounder is being isolated at home in Brisbane and will miss the first two games of the four-match tri-series. The Queenslander will now fly to Northern Ireland next Monday to join the squad for the remainder of the series.

Tasmania all-rounder Heather Graham has been included in the squad as a back-up and will travel to the United Kingdom in the coming days.

The T20 tri-series, consisting of two matches each against Ireland and Pakistan and starting on 16 July, will serve as a preparation for the Commonwealth Games, where Birmingham will begin its bid for the gold medal against Australia. India on 29 July.

Jonassen’s absence from the first two T20Is could open the door for another spin-bowling all-rounder in Grace Harris – who replaced an injured Beth Mooney – or leg-spinner Amanda for Australia’s Ashes T20I against England in January. returned. Jade Wellington.

The Aussies arrived in Belfast on Tuesday and had several days to prepare for their opening T20I against Pakistan on Saturday (1 AM AEST).

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (C), Rachel Haynes (VC), Darcy Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashley Gardner, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington

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