Australia’s Opener Matt Renshaw Tests Positive For Covid-19, Will Feature In Sydney Test Against South Africa

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Australian batsman Matthew Renshaw tested positive for COVID-19 before withdrawing his test during the third and final match of the series against South Africa, but will “continue to participate in the match” despite his positive test. Renshaw, who last played a Test in 2018, returned to the national team after a five-year absence. But his comeback was threatened after a positive rapid antigen test fell ill before the match. But the batsman will be named in the playing eleven anyway and will bat at number six. He is different from the rest of the group. He will bat at number six.

“Australian batsman Matthew Renshaw felt unwell and was separated from the team shortly before the third Test match against South Africa in Sydney. Renshaw has since returned with a positive RAT test. He will continue to feature in the match,” a CA. The spokesperson said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Earlier, Peter Handscomb was named as an emergency fielder on the team sheet, indicating that he could be drafted in as a COVID substitute if needed. But he has not reached Sydney yet.

Players are now allowed to play in a match despite their positive COVID-19 status. Australia’s Tahlia McGrath played in last year’s Commonwealth Games cricket tournament final against India despite testing positive for the virus.

Before the match, captain Pat Cummins spoke about how things were more normal after a two-year ban.

“I still don’t know how we didn’t have covid in our team yet I worry,” he said.

Australia opted against five specialist bowlers for the final Test and fielded two frontline quicks in Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, along with Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agger, who are specialist spinners.

Renshaw represented the team in 11 matches. He scored 636 runs in 20 innings at an average of 33.47 with one century and three fifties.

The match is delayed due to rain. At that point, Australia were 138/1 with Usman Khawaja (51*) and Marnus Labuschagne (73*) unbeaten at the crease. Opener David Warner was dismissed by Henrich Norge for 10 runs.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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