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T20 World Cup: Mathew Wade tests Covid positive, big blow for Australia

Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has tested positive for Covid-19.

This news comes one day before their crucial match against England in the Men’s T20 World Cup.

Wade is the second Australian player, after leg-spinner Adam Zampa, to test positive this week.

However, there is an outside chance that he will retain his place in the playing 11 against England.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson confirmed that Wade, like Zampa, is experiencing only mild symptoms.

Zampa was pulled out from the Aussie squad against Sri Lanka on Tuesday in Perth and replaced by Ashton Agar.

Opener David Warner, captain Aaron Finch or Glenn Maxwell can take up wicket keeping duties if Wade is ruled out.

After their massive loss against New Zealand, Australia must win every game if they are to defend their World Cup title.

Wade, though, is hopeful of playing and rules allow those who test positive during this tournament to feature in matches.

Earlier in the tournament, George Dockrell played for Ireland in a match against Sri Lanka having tested positive for Covid-19.

The International Cricket Council’s tournament regulations say “the Biosafety Advisory Group (BSAG) will be the final arbiter as to the Covid status of any player.”

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