Travis Head: Coverage has been called up in the form of Mitchell Marsh, Nic Maddinson, and Josh Inglis. With both teams now having cases, Australia’s batter Travis Head has tested positive for Covid-19, causing the team to delay their travel from Melbourne to Sydney and call up substitutes for the fourth Test at the SCG, raising worries over whether the series would be able to continue.
On Friday morning, Cricket Australia reported that Head had tested positive for a routine PCR test
Making him the first player in either side to be afflicted. He is asymptomatic, therefore he and his spouse will stay in Melbourne for seven days to isolate according to Victorian government standards.
Mitchell Marsh, Nic Maddinson, and Josh Inglis have all been called up to Australia’s squad as backups in case there are any more positive instances among the squad. Usman Khawaja is already in Australia’s team and would be the most likely replacement for Head in the middle order.
The rest of the Australia squad, their families, and support personnel underwent PCR and rapid testing on Friday morning, according to a Cricket Australia representative, and are still set to fly to Sydney on a charter today.
“We are PCR testing athletes, their families, and our support personnel on a daily basis as part of our testing processes,” the official stated. “Unfortunately, Travis’ Covid-19 result was positive earlier today. He is currently asymptomatic, which is a blessing. We expect him to be fit enough to play in the fifth Vodafone men’s Ashes Test in Hobart.
“We are appreciative to our outstanding medical staff for all of their efforts during this series. And we will continue to work with and support both teams’ players, families, and personnel.”
England will travel to Sydney separately after CA put the teams into different charters to try to minimise the risks. But without coach Chris Silverwood, who has been proven to have tested positive for Covid-19.
Silverwood, like Travis Head, will be unable to play in the Sydney Test and will be isolated in Melbourne
The overall number of positive cases in the England tour party now stands at seven. In the last 24 hours, though, the whole England playing squad has apparently returned negative PCR testing.
After testing positive for Covid-19, ICC match referee David Boon will also miss the Sydney Test. Steve Bernard, who is located in New South Wales, has taken his place.
The first Covid case to impact the Ashes surfaced on the second morning of the MCG Test. But the game was able to continue after the rest of England’s side passed quick tests. Since then, PCR testing has been conducted on a daily basis.
On Friday, more than 21,000 instances were reported in New South Wales. Following a meeting of the state and federal governments on Thursday. The definition of a close contact was restricted, and the isolation duration was shortened in most jurisdictions.