Australia coach Andrew McDonald fears more Covid-19 cases in his team after Adam Zampa and Matthew Wade tested positive. Australia dealt with a huge blow after Wade, who is their only wicket-keeper, tested positive for Covid-19 as well. While speaking about the rising number of Covid-19 cases amongst players at the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, McDonald said that it’s possible that more cases could come up in his squad.
“That’s highly possible (more COVID cases) really the way it’s gone. I suppose the strong point around that was that Matthew Wade was going to play tonight (Friday). So each individual is affected differently by the virus. Obviously, Zampa wasn’t quite right. We had a caution there to make sure he was ready to go for this game whereas Wade responded totally differently, less symptoms and he was ready to go,” said Andrew McDonald.
Australia’s head coach again stated that Covid-19 cases emerging is a real possibility for all the teams now. Apart from the two Australians testing positive for Covid-19, Ireland’s George Dockrell has also been affected by the virus as well. However, he played in Ireland’s 9-wicket loss against Sri Lanka on Sunday as well. Meanwhile, the Australian government lifted the mandatory isolation requirements for Covid positive cases earlier this month only. As per the current ICC regulations, a positive test result would not stop a player from playing in the ongoing T20 World Cup or training with his teammates as well.
“Zampa had to be isolated from the group. That was probably the only thing where we had to communicate separately from him, which is a little bit unique. But yeah, it’s a real possibility for all teams,” Andrew McDonald concluded.