Australia captain Mitchell Marsh tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of T20I series against West Indies. The team got a big shock, this player got infected with COVID-19 as soon as he became the captain.

By Nishu Bhardwaj February 8, 2024 11:50 AM IST

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COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Australia in the current domestic season. Every day some player of the team is getting affected by it. Now their T20I captain Mitchell Marsh has been tested positive for the virus. The three-match T20 series between Australia and West Indies is scheduled to begin from February 9, with the first match being played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart. But Marsh being Corona positive is definitely a blow for the home team.

Marsh will play even after Corona

According to a report in Fox Sports, Marsh has been given the green signal to play the first T20 match, but he will use a separate dressing room area during the match. Additionally, they will have to maintain a safe distance from their teammates during the match and will not have to celebrate as per Cricket Australia protocol. Marsh is the third Australian cricketer to be found positive with Corona, before which Josh Inglis and Cameron Green have played with this virus. Additionally, Green was also dropped by his teammate Josh Hazlewood during the Test match against West Indies at the Gabba.

This series is very important for the team

Meanwhile, the series against West Indies and New Zealand is very important for Australia keeping in mind the T20 World Cup to be played in June later this year. Although Australia has not announced him as the permanent captain in the format, Mitchell Marsh is likely to lead them in the mega event as well. Interestingly, Marsh has been named captain for the New Zealand T20Is in the presence of Test and ODI captain Pat Cummins, which shows that Marsh is definitely a captaincy candidate for the World Cup.

Australian team for West Indies T20: Mitchell Marsh (captain), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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