T20WC: Australia’s Matthew Wade Positive For Covid Ahead Of England Clash

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade: The team said Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has tested positive for Covid in the T20 World Cup but is expected to play Friday’s crucial encounter with England.

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A team spokesman told AFP the 34-year-old took the test late on Wednesday – the second Australian player in the tournament to do so – and has mild symptoms.

Asked whether Wade is expected to play for the holders and hosts against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the spokesman replied: “Yes.” Australia does not have a specialist back-up wicketkeeper in the tournament.

The rules of the World Cup allow players to play matches with Kovid but will have to travel separately to avoid the spread of the virus.

Spinner Adam Zampa tested positive ahead of the Sri Lanka match on Tuesday. However, he has recovered and is expected to be fit to face England in a match neither can lose.

Australia came back from their opening loss against New Zealand to defend their title by defeating Sri Lanka by seven wickets.

Ireland’s George Dockrell played against Asian champions Sri Lanka in Hobart on Sunday despite being Kovid.

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