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The Australian team’s performance in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 has been disappointing so far. Australia’s match against England was called off due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, October 28.

Australians are also dealing with COVID cases as well. After Adam Zampa and Matthew Wade tested positive for COVID-19 at the T20 World Cup, Australia head coach Andrew McDonald is concerned about more cases in the group.

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Each Individual Is Affected Differently By The Virus – Andrew McDonald

Australia suffered a major setback after Wade, who is their only wicket-keeper, tested positive for COVID-19. However, Wade was scheduled to play in the match against England.

Andrew McDonald
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“That’s highly possible (more COVID cases) really the way it’s gone. I suppose the strong point around that was that Matthew Wade was going to play tonight (Friday). So each individual is affected differently by the virus,” McDonald said after the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa had earlier tested positive for COVID and had to miss the match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, which Australia won by 7 wickets.

Adam Zampa Wasn’t Quite Right, Had To Be Isolated From The Group – Andrew McDonald

“Obviously, Zampa wasn’t quite right. We had a caution there to make sure he was ready to go for this game, whereas Wade responded totally differently, less symptoms and he was ready to go tonight.”

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

Along with the two Australians who tested positive for COVID-19, Ireland’s George Dockrell also contracted the virus. But he played in Ireland’s 9-wicket loss against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Earlier last month, the Australian government removed the isolation rules required for COVID positive cases. As per the current ICC rules, a positive test does not prevent a player from participating in the ongoing T20 World Cup or training with his teammates.

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