Travis Head tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of the fourth Ashes Test
The Australia batter Travis Head has tested positive for COVID-19 recently and has been ruled out of the 4th Ashes Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Travis Head had tested positive on Friday via a routine PCR test being the first and only player to be affected till now,
“As part of our testing procedures, we are PCR testing players, their families and our support staff daily. 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 Vodafone men’s Ashes Test in Hobart,” said a Cricket Australia spokesperson in an official Cricket Australia release.
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India Beat Sri Lanka To Win U-19 Asia Cup
A tight Indian bowling attack followed by the Raghuvanshi’s half-century helped India claim their eighth U19 Asia Cup title at the Dubai International Stadium. Ravi Kumar, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, and Raj Bawa added a wicket to their tally which helped in building some early pressure on the Sri Lankan side. Kaushal Tambe picked two wickets in his first three overs of the day to make things more difficult for the opposition. Vicky Ostwal also played his role, by picking three wickets and two of them came in a single over.
Angkrish Raghuvanshi half-century sealed the win for Indian side. The rain reduced the 50 over final match to 38 overs after a two-hour interruption. In eight editions of the U-19 Asia Cup, India has now won it eight times, which includes a shared trophy in 2012. Fortunaltey we never lost a final in the U-19 Asian cup.
Paul Stirling, George Dockrell among three Ireland players to test positive for COVID-19
The Ireland cricketers Paul Stirling and Shane Getkate have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now under a mandatory 10-day quarantine as the Ireland team prepares to face the West Indies. The final round of PCR tests ensured that the two Irish players have tested positive for COVID and they were quarantined.
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Cricket Ireland said George Dockrell was also in doubt for being Covid postive but has subsequently been found to have registered a false positive. Both the players will likely re-join the squad in Jamaica around January 9, dependent upon subsequent PCR tests showing negative results.
“It is a challenging time for all, but the players have responded very well to operating within the Managed Environment over the last two weeks. A Managed Environment is different to a bio-bubble, and is an approach being used currently to try and find that balance between risk mitigation from the virus and impacts of sustained periods of isolation on the mental and physical health needs of players and staff,” said Richard Holdsworth, High-Performance Director for Cricket Ireland in a statement.
KL Rahul named captain for South Africa ODIs; Ashwin returns
India’s ODI squad for the series against South Africa has finally been announced officially by the BCCI. The newly appointed skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to recover from his hamstring injury before the ODI series. So, in the absence of Hitman, Mr. Versatile KL Rahul will lead India for the first time while Virat Kohli, is also part of the squad as a player. Jasprit Bumrah has been named the vice-captain of the side.
Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin has been picked in the ODI side for the first time since the year 2017 and didn’t got any chance further due to the perfect work rate of the Kul-cha duo. The latter has now fallen out of favour while Chahal has made it to the 18-member squad. Ruturaj Gaikwad has been rewarded for his sensational run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season where he smashed four centuries in five matches. Venkatesh Iyer got the maiden call for ODI as well.