Matthew Wade tests positive for Covid but is likely to play against England

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade on Thursday became the second Australian player to test positive for COVID-19, a day before the holders’ crucial T20 World Cup match against England.

The 34-year-old, the only wicketkeeper in the 15-man squad, is showing mild symptoms but is expected to be at the MCG for the game against England. International Cricket Council (ICC) rules do not prevent a player from attending a match if they are COVID positive.

Wade skipped the optional indoor session in Australia on Thursday afternoon. If he fails, David Warner or Glenn Maxwell are likely to take the gloves against England. Maxwell donned the wicketkeeping gloves during practice to do the drills.

While skipper Aaron Finch previously stated Warner would likely keep wickets in an emergency. Wade is the second player to contract the virus this week. Spinner Adam Zampa had tested positive for the virus on Tuesday and then missed the duel against Sri Lanka.

The Group 1 clash between Australia and England is crucial for both sides as the losing side would be all but eliminated.

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