Australian Cricket team suffers a major blow as Travis Head has tested positive for COVID-19 & will miss the Sydney Test of the Ashes 2021-2022 series, confirmed Cricket Australia on Friday. Cricket Australia has included Mitchell Marsh, Nic Maddinson, and Josh Inglis to the Australian squad as additional cover.
Travis head has returned with a positive result following a routine PCR test. He is currently asymptomatic & will remain in isolation with his close contact in Melbourne as per Victorian Health & Government Regulation. Thus he has been ruled out of the fourth Test of the Ashes series that Australia has clinched following wins in Brisbane, Adelaide & Melbourne.
Travis Head is the latest COVID-19 positive case from the Ashes camp. Yesterday ICC Match referee David Boon & England’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood was moved in isolation after testing positive for COVId-19. The tally of cases in England’s touring contingent including families of players & Support Staff has reached seven.
Meanwhile, the BBL fixture between Melbourne Stars & the Perth Scorchers had to be postponed in Melbourne because of a positive case in Melbourne Stars Camp. Earlier Australia’s Captain pat Cummins had to miss the Pink ball test held in Adelaide after being deemed as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person
Cricket Australia hoped that Travis Head will return for the fifth Ashes test in Hobart. Head’s absence could prove costly for the host as Travis has been in stunning form right from the beginning of the Ashes series. Placed at No 5 position in the line-up, Head began the series with a gleaming 152 runs knock at the Gabba before scoring another half-century in Adelaide for a series tally of 248 runs from three Tests at 62, second to Joe Root’s 253.
According to sources, Usman Khwaja who was in contention for the middle order spot before it was given to Travis will feature in the fourth test. Australia will now lock horns with England in the fourth Test of the Ashes series in Sydney slated to be played from 5th Janaury 2022 to 9th January 2022.