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T20 World cup: Australian team in trouble, match winner player got corona, he has no backup

Melbourne: Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has become the second player in the defending champions team to be tested COVID-19 positive ahead of Australia’s crucial T20 World Cup match against England. 34-year-old Wade, the lone wicketkeeper in the 15-man squad, is showing mild symptoms but is likely to play against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The International Cricket Council (ICC) rules do not prevent a player from participating in the match if he is found to be Kovid-19 positive.

Wade did not take part in Australia’s optional indoor training session on Thursday. If they don’t play in this match, David Warner or Glenn Maxwell are expected to take over the wicketkeeper’s duties against England. Maxwell did wicketkeeping drills during practice.

Captain Aaron Finch has already said that if need be, Warner can take the responsibility of wicketkeeper. Wade is the second Australian player to have tested positive for COVID this week. Earlier, spinner Adam Zampa was found to be Kovid positive on Tuesday and did not play in Australia’s last match.

australia do or die match

This Group I match between Australia and England is important for both the teams as the losing team will almost be out of the race for the knockout stage of the tournament. Hosts Australia had suffered a crushing defeat against New Zealand in their very first match of the tournament. In such a situation, the Australian team will not want to take any kind of risk against England.

In this phase of the Super-12, however, the team won against Sri Lanka after losing the first match. At the same time, after the match against England, the Australian team has to face two lighter teams. In such a situation, here he will try to strengthen his position.

After the match against England, Australia have two other matches against Ireland and Afghanistan.

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