The Ashes: Australia batter Travis Head ruled out of Sydney Test with Covid-19

Australia batsman Travis Head will miss the fourth Ashes Test against England in Sydney next week after testing positive for Covid-19, Cricket Australia said.

Travis Head tests positive for Covid-19, to miss fourth Ashes Test (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travis Head tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss 4th Ashes Test
  • Head would remain in Melbourne and isolated for seven days
  • Mitchell Marsh, Nic Maddinson and Josh Inglis have been called in as additional cover
Cricket Australia on Friday revealed middle-order batter Travis Head has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the New Year’s Ashes Test in Sydney against England. Head would remain in Melbourne and isolated for seven days, making him unavailable for the next Test beginning on Jan. 5.

“As part of our testing procedures, we are PCR testing players, their families and our support staff daily,” a CA spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately, Travis returned a positive COVID-19 result earlier today. Thankfully, he is asymptomatic at this stage. We anticipate that he will be available to play in the fifth men’s Ashes Test in Hobart.”

Mitchell Marsh, Nic Maddinson and Josh Inglis have been called in as additional cover.

Australia have already won the five-match series after victory in Melbourne gave the home side an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Head was instrumental in Australia’s win in the first Test at the Gabba, scoring 152 runs from 148 balls.

Also, a Big Bash League match between Melbourne Stars and the Perth Scorchers was postponed in Melbourne due to a positive case in the Stars’ camp, while Australia captain Pat Cummins missed the Day-Night Test in Adelaide after he was identified as a close contact of a person that subsequently tested positive.

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