T20 World Cup: Australia’s Matthew Wade tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of England match


Wade did not bat in Australia’s last match against Sri Lanka and conceded two against New Zealand
Date: on October 28 Hour: 09:00 BST Place: MCG
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Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has tested positive for Covid-19 a day before the crucial match against England in the Men’s T20 World Cup.

Wade, at 34, the only wicketkeeper in the Australian national team, creates the possibility of David Warner or Glenn Maxwell taking the gloves.

Wade, however, hopes to play and the rules allow those who give a positive appearance in this tournament.

This is the second case in the Australian camp this week.

Spinner Adam Zampa tested positive on Tuesday and was left out of the playing XI for Australia’s win over Sri Lanka after showing minor symptoms.

Wade’s symptoms are understood to be mild. He is expected to be available as it is now, although he will be assessed by medical staff on Friday if his condition worsens.

Earlier in the tournament, George Dockrell played for Ireland in the match against Sri Lanka after testing positive for Covid-19.

The International Cricket Council’s tournament regulations state: “The Biosecurity Advisory Group (BSAG) will be the final arbiter of any player’s Covid status and consequent availability to participate in a match.”

In almost all cases the player would be allowed to play.

Wade has been the only wicketkeeper in the Australian squad since reserve Josh Inglis was ruled out with a freak hand injury and full call-up Cameron Green was called up in his place.

When captain Aaron Finch was asked who would keep the wicket if Wade was injured, he said it was likely Warner, although Maxwell was doing wicketkeeping drills in training on Thursday.

He replaced Warner once in a Test against Pakistan in 2014 after an injury to Brad Haddin, but has never started an international as the designated gloveman.

Finch has been raised as another option, or bowler Mitchell Starc, in the bowlers who should take the gloves.

Friday’s match is crucial in Group 1, with England and Australia having lost one of their two matches so far.

Another defeat by either side would mean everyone being kicked out.