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Star Australian batter tests positive for Covid-19 ; might miss 2nd Test against West Indies

Matt Renshaw might be drafted into the playing XI for the second Test against West Indies.

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Travis Head will probably play in the second Test versus the West Indies while undergoing isolation procedures after testing positive with COVID-19. Following the first Test in Adelaide, he felt ill. Head’s arrival in Brisbane was temporarily postponed to allow him more time to heal, according to Cricket Australia.

Because of his century in the first Test, he was declared the Player of the Match against the West Indies. Head will practise and play in solitude if he doesn’t get better soon. He’ll have to spend the game in a different room. When fielding, Travis is going to be kept apart from other players. Until he tests negative, he will be kept apart from the other members of the squad at their hotel.

Head will stay an additional night in his house in the hopes that he would test negative by the point he rejoins the squad, even though the team was supposed to get back together in Brisbane on Monday so they could prepare for Thursday’s day/night Test.

What happened last year when a similar incident took place?

Head will be allowed to practise and compete under isolation measures, though, if his tests remain positive. These rules were put in place when Matt Renshaw, another member of the squad, found out he had Covid.  This happened prior to the start of the SCG Test versus South Africa last year. Renshaw was cleared to play on that particular occasion, but while he wasn’t on the field, he had to watch the game on television inside a different room than the rest of the squad. Renshaw was socially isolated from the squad while fielding.

At their accommodation, he was kept apart from the other members of the team until his test results were negative. The first time these measures were put to the test was in August 2022, during the Commonwealth Games women’s cricket final in Birmingham. Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath participated in the gold medal match despite having previously tested positive.

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