Ahead of the three-match T20I series between Australia and West Indies, Mitchell Marsh tested positive for COVID-19. He was announced as the captain for the series last month as the first-choice players were rested, keeping the New Zealand tour in mind. However, former Test and ODI opening batter, David Warner, who is playing for Dubai Capitals in the ongoing second season of the International League T20, will play in the series.
Meanwhile, ahead of the first game, Cricket Australia announced that the two-time World Cup winner, Marsh will continue his captaincy duties from a distance. He will use a different dressing room during the innings break and ahead and after the game. Notably, the board is yet to announce the captain of the shortest format of the game. Since Aaron Finch's retirement after the T20 World Cup 2022, the team has been without a full-time captain.
Australia T20 skipper Mitch Marsh has tested positive to Covid-19 but will still play in tomorrow’s first T20 against the Windies in Hobart, in line with CA protocols. Marsh will use a separate dressing room during the match and stay distanced while on the field. #AUSvWI— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 7, 2024
Australia’s T20 squad for West Indies series
Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
“We see these matches as an opportunity to narrow down on those who may be part of the T20 World Cup squad later this year,” Bailey said in a statement after announcing the squad.
“There are a further three T20 internationals in New Zealand following this West Indies series where we will continue to build towards the T20 World Cup as required.
“It is likely we will use the block of six games to provide opportunity to players in some different roles and positions.
“We will then be keeping a close eye on the IPL before choosing a World Cup squad.”