T20 World Cup 2022: Matthew Wade tests positive at Covid the day before he must win the game against England, reserve wicket

Matthew Wade tested positive for Covid-19 just one day before Australia were to win the T20 World Cup against England.

Wade is the only player in the Australian squad without a backup after the recruiters chose to bring in handyman Cameron Green in place of injured Josh Inglis, instead of a specialized wicketkeeper.

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The gloveman is said to suffer from only mild Covid symptoms and is expected to still play England at the MCG on Friday night at this stage.

It comes after Adam Zampa tested positive at Covid on Tuesday he was barred from Australia’s win over Sri Lanka just hours before the first ball was thrown.

The leg player is expected to return to the Australian squad for the successful clash against England.

If Wade’s symptoms worsen and he is unable to play, Australia may need some leniency from the ICC to bring in a replacement wicketkeeper on match day.

Under World Cup rules, replacement players cannot be placed on the roster to cover an injury on match day, but it is unclear whether the same policy applies to Covid cases.

It is likely that David Warner or Aaron Finch would bring the gloves for Australia in an emergency situation.

Earlier this year, versatile Tahlia McGrath played for Australia in the Commonwealth Games gold medal despite being positive at Covid.

Like McGrath, Wade should obey Covid protocols and stay away from teammates when waiting to bat and on the pitch.

Marcus Stoinis, who smashed Australia’s fastest half-century T20 ever in victory, scoring his 50 in 17 balls, said Covid precautions have been taken in the playing group.

“Everyone around the world is going through it and each team will have their own processes in place to try and keep it as safe as possible,” Stoinis said.

“We had Covid for the first time at Big Bash (last summer) and some of us had it at the same time.

“(Zampa) said he wasn’t as bad as that time, so hopefully he’s okay and we’ll see (if he can play) in a couple of days.” All the guys are testing and doing what they can to make sure we’re all okay. “

It’s a risk to enter a major tournament without a backup wicketkeeper, but Australian manager Andrew McDonald said choosing Green gave the team more flexibility.

“If you look back at the World Cup selections, there have been many times Australia went with a goalkeeper at the forefront of the team, and I think it just gives more flexibility to the batting and bowling facilities within the team. team, “McDonald said.

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