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Australia cricketer Peter Handscomb tests positive for Covid-19

By Bet Barter

July 12, 2021

Australian batsman Peter Handscomb was forced to miss his county game after testing positive for COVID-19. The 30-year-old was the captain of Middlesex this season. He could not feature in their Championship Group Two game on Sunday after being forced into isolation following a positive test result.

Peter Handscomb has played 16 Tests and 22 ODIs for the Australian cricket team since his debut in 2016. The 30-year-old has amassed 934 runs in Test cricket. He scored those runs at an average of 38.91, including 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries. Peter Handscomb has also scored 632 runs in the 50-over format at an average of 33.26. This includes one hundred and 4 half-centuries. The 30-year-old right-handed batsman last featured for Australia in the year 2019. He played all formats of the game that year. 

Peter Handscomb was left out from the Australia squad

Recently, Peter Handscomb was not picked for the West Indies series. The Australian cricket team is presently in the Caribbean nation. They are set to play a five-match T20I series and three-match ODI series. The Aaron-Finch-led side is currently 2-0 down in the T20I clash. Australia has lost the first two T20 international games against West Indies.

England is currently witnessing a massive rise in new COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, English County team Kent was forced to put its entire team in isolation. A player from Kent had returned a positive result after their match against Surrey on July 9. All the players are now anticipated to remain under quarantine for at least 10 days before re-joining the club. England's main ODI squad has also suffered a massive blow recently. It is known that three England cricketers and four members of the backroom staff have tested positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, all other squad members have been asked to isolate themselves. The series against Pakistan is going ahead as scheduled but with an entirely new England team. Instead of Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes is leading the squad against Pakistan.

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