The Ashes: Australia squad return full round of negative Covid tests following Travis Head positive | Cricket News

The Australian team returned a full round of negative Covid-19 tests before the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney; Travis Head tested positive on Friday while referee David Boon and seven members of the UK tour also tested positive in recent days.

Last updated: 01/01/22 9:26


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Australia is hoping there will be no further outages before the fourth ash test after their team returned a full round of negative Covid-19 tests.

Doubts had settled over the New Year’s date in Sydney when hitter Travis Head was discovered to be carrying the virus before the team left Melbourne on Friday.

He was the first player from both teams to test positive in what became a daily screening program, but seven members of England’s largest touring party, as well as referee David Boon, had contracted the virus in the past few days.

Australia had been preparing for a wider spread, after calling three cover players, but the entire squad and support staff tested negative on New Year’s Day. One test, for a family member, remains unreported and both teams underwent another round of PCR, the sixth since the first case was identified in the field in England.

The home team substitutes – Mitchell Marsh, Nic Maddinson, Josh Inglis – will join teammates alongside first player Marcus Harris, who did not travel with the main team as a precaution after having dinner with Head prior to the test result.

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Usman Khawaja is the man most likely to benefit from Head’s misfortune, having played the role of 12th man in the last three games and is expected to make his first test appearance following the famous Headingley Test in 2019.

“It’s one of those things where even if I play, it will only be for one game, I understand the situation,” said the 35-year-old.

“I hope I can go out there and score a hundred and do well for the team in the absence of ‘Heady’. I’m just lowering my head, making sure I work really hard and do the best I can for Australia every time I get there. I have the opportunity ».

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