The second Test between Australia and West Indies lock horns at Brisbane Cricket Ground in Brisbane on January 25. Australia appears to be in fine form in recent matches in this format, and they have continued that trend in this series too. The current World Test champions secured a comfortable victory in the match, and West Indies will be keen to improve their performance and pose a formidable challenge to the Australians on their home ground.
On the eve of the final match of the two-Test series against the West Indies, Cameron Green, along with Australia head coach Andrew McDonald, was diagnosed with the virus. However, according to Cricket Australia protocols, Cameron Green can still be part of the team for the 2nd Test even if his result doesn't return negative within 24 hours.
In a widely circulated picture, Australian players lined up for the national anthem before the start of the second Test. However, Cameron Green maintained distance from his teammates as he is still COVID-19 positive. It has been reported that Green will not come in contact with any of his teammates throughout the match.
Australia announce T20I squad to face West Indies
On Wednesday, Cricket Australia revealed a 14-member T20I squad set to face West Indies in the upcoming three-match series beginning on February 9, with batting all-rounder Mitchell Marsh appointed as the captain. Notably, David Warner, who retired from Test and ODI formats, has been included in the T20I squad, along with Tim David and Marcus Stoinis. However, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Steven Smith have been rested to manage their workloads ahead of the T20I series against New Zealand in late February.
The permanent captaincy for the 20-over format remains unconfirmed since Aaron Finch's retirement from T20Is in 2022. Mitchell Marsh led the team to a 3-0 victory over South Africa, while wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade took charge during the India tour. The pacer Josh Hazlewood, who sat out the 50-over series, is part of the T20I squad for the West Indies series. Given his unsold status in the IPL 2024 auctions, this series and the one against New Zealand present the 33-year-old with a final opportunity to play in the 20-over format before the World Cup.
The first T20I match is scheduled for February 9 in Hobart, followed by games on February 11 and 13 in Adelaide and Perth, respectively.
Let us look at how Twitter has reacted to this incident:
How will he celebrate wickets with teammates— Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) January 25, 2024
He will forget while celebrating a wicket if he gets— 𝐊𝐨𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭!𝟎𝐧_👑🚩 (@bholination) January 25, 2024
😭😭??? He won’t touch the ball ?— ` (@musafir_tha_yr) January 25, 2024
After catch 😂— Anup barnwal (@amethiya_anup) January 25, 2024
Not allowed to touch the ball? He’ll still do better fielding than PAK players— Akash (@vaderakash) January 25, 2024
Still standing in Gully ..his favourite position.— Drinks Break (@DrinksBreak19) January 25, 2024
Aree bhai yeh ky hai 😭— AKHIL (@Sam__purn) January 25, 2024
Strange. How can he be a part of playing 11?— Faheem Siddiqi (@engr_siddiqi) January 25, 2024