Finn Allen is back in the team bubble after returning two negative COVID-19 tests

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Latest Cricket News: New Zealand opener Finn Allen has joined New Zealand’s bio-bubble after returning two negative COVID-19 tests on successive days. If Allen is selected for the second T20I against bangaldesh on Friday then it will be a major boost for the New Zealand squad who were bowled out for a meager 60 in the first T20I held on Wednesday.

New Zealand Head Coach Glenn Pocknall welcomed Allen back to the squad but he said that the decision on his selection for the second T20I will be made after checking his health & fitness.

“He has returned two negative results so that’s great for us,” Pocknall said. “He is a very attacking batsman. He has shown that around the world in the shorter format. He will add a lot of firepower to our batting line-up is a big part of our squad. Hopefully, he can come into the squad as soon as possible. He will be considered (for selection) but it is a matter of when.

“He has just come off Covid so there are some unknowns about how he will be physical. He is fine now but we have to assess the effects in these conditions before we decide which game he comes back.”

Finn Allen and Colin de Grandhomme arrived in Dhaka on August 20 three days prior to the rest of the New Zealand squad as they have completed their Hundred campaign early. But Allen tested positive for COVID-19 after two days. He was symptomatic but was doing well as he was quarantined in another part of the team hotel.

Allen has tested negative on Wednesday & Thursday & thus has been included in the team’s bio-bubble. Finn Allen made his T20I debut against Bangaldesh earlier this year scoring a half-century in the third T20I. Finn Allen played for the Lancashire club in the Vitality Blast, where he scored half-centuries in 13 matches. He also featured in the inaugural season of the Hundred tournament for Birmingham Phoenix, making 165 runs in eight games.

Coming to the New Zealand vs Bangladesh first T20I, New Zealand suffered a humiliating seven wickets defeat against Bangaldesh at the Shere Bangla Stadium on Wednesday. A spirited bowling performance from Bangladesh bowlers helped them to wrap up New Zealand’s innings for just 60 runs inside 17 overs. Rachin Ravindra (0), Will Young (5), Collin De Grandhomme (1), & Tom Blundell (2) all failed to deliver with the bat. Thus Allen could probably replace Rachin Ravindra or Tom Blundell in the Playing XI for the second T20I against Bangaldesh.

Meanwhile, Matt Henry who has been named as Allen’s replacement is completing his three-day isolation in the hotel & would join the team by Friday after returning negative in the COVID-19 test.

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