Matt Renshaw Named In Australia’s XI For The SCG Test Despite Being Covid-19 Positive
By CricShots - Jan 4, 2023 2:33 pm
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The Australian batter, Matthew Renshaw tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the toss between Australia and South Africa for the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The 26-year-old felt unwell before teh start of the play and then he returned a positive rapid antigen test. Renshaw, who returned to Test cricket after a nearly five-year absence, was named in the playing XI and was listed to bat at number six.

Matt Renshaw
Matt Renshaw tested Covid-19 positive

The management stated that Matt Renshaw will “continue to take part in the match” despite testing positive for Covid-19, according to Cricket Australia. However, Renshaw did not sit with the rest of the squad in the dugout during the morning session. After the worldwide lockdown and introduction of bio bubbles to continue sporting events, cricket has relaxed restrictions.

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During the Commonwealth Games 2022, Australia all-rounder Tahlia McGrath was allowed to play the final against India despite returning positive for Covid-19 before the toss. Covid-19-positive Matthew Wade was set to feature in the T20 World Cup 2022 match against England before the game was washed out in October.

Talking about Matt Renshaw, Pat Cummins said, “I still don’t know how we have not had Covid in our team now I think about it. It feels like it is back to normal life. Even Christmas, we were able to have more families there than we have in the past.”

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He further added, “Interstate travel, the Sydney guys are staying at home – life feels really normal. Everyone is in great spirits because everyone feels like they have got their summers back to normality. It is great. I think you have  seen it with crowds as well, they have been fantastic this summer.”