Australian middle-order batter Travis Head will be joining the Ashes squad ahead of the fifth Test in Hobart, Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Wednesday. The left-hander finished his isolation having contracted the covid-19 virus just days before the SCG Test.
Head will need to return a negative result in the rapid antigen test starting from today. He ended up missing the SCG Test but can return for the final pink-ball Test once he completes the 7-day isolation followed by the negative tests.
“Australia batter Travis Head will rejoin the men’s squad for the Ashes series on Friday provided he returns negative rapid antigen tests from today,” CA said in their tweet.
Head was instrumental in the first Test at the Gabba where he scored a blistering century to secure the victory for the Aussies. Since then, he hasn’t had many impactful moments but is expected to slot right back into the playing XI once he is available.
Travis Head’s return depends on a negative Test on Thursday
For now, Usman Khawaja ended up replacing Head in the playing XI but he might have to make or replace Marcus Harris at the top, once Head returns. The South Australian is expected to join the squad in Sydney itself before they depart to Hobart for the final Test.
“Heads’ isolation ends tomorrow. He tested negative this morning and will be subject to another RAT test tomorrow. If negative, as anticipated, he will fly to Sydney. He will then have one final RAT on Friday which, if negative as is anticipated, will see him rejoin the group,” the statement further added.
The fourth Test has begun in Sydney but it was interrupted at regular intervals, with only 46 overs being bowled on the day.