Coach Andrew McDonald fears more COVID cases within their team

Australia’s head coach Andrew McDonald fears there have been more COVID-19 cases in their T20 World Cup squad after Adam Zampa and Matthew Wade contracted the virus midway through their title defense.

Wade, the only wicketkeeper in the squad, is the second Australian cricketer after leg spinner Zampa to test positive on Wednesday night.

However, Wade was scheduled to play in their rain-soaked blockbuster clash against England on Friday.

“That’s very possible (more COVID cases) really the way it went. I suppose the strong point was that Matthew Wade would be playing tonight (Friday). So each individual is affected in a different way by the virus,” McDonald said after the game was abandoned without a ball being thrown.

Zampa had previously tested positive for COVID and had to miss Australia’s win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

“Obviously Zampa wasn’t quite right. We had a warning there to make sure he was ready to go for this match while Wade reacted completely different, less symptoms and he was ready to go tonight.

“(Zampa) Had to be isolated from the group. That was probably the only thing where we had to communicate separately from him, which is kind of unique. But yes, it is a real possibility for all teams,” he added.

Ireland’s Geroge Dockrell is the other cricketer to have tested positive for the virus in the tournament so far, but came on Sunday in a nine-wicket loss to Sri Lanka.

The Australian government lifted mandatory isolation requirements for COVID-positive cases earlier this month.

Under current ICC rules, a positive test does not prevent a player from participating in the T20 World Cup or training with his teammates.

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