Australia batsman Peter Handscomb has tested positive for novel coronavirus while playing in the ongoing County Championship in England. The 30-year-old. who was leading the Middlesex this season, missed his side’s match against Leicestershire as he was isolated following a positive test result.
Soon after the news broke out, Middlesex roped in an Irishman Tim Murtagh to fill Handscomb’s boots.
“Irishman Tim Murtagh stepped up to fill in for Handscomb as skipper as Middlesex ended day one of the clashes with Leicestershire at 3-280,” a report in ‘The West Australian’ stated.
In this County season, Handscomb has struggled to get runs under his belt. He has scored just 227 runs in 7 games at an average of 17.46.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 also marred the England contingent last week. After the conclusion of the limited-overs series between Sri Lanka and England, seven members of the English team tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Notably, two staff members from the Sri Lankan squad also returned with positive results which led to the postponement of their three-match ODI series against India.
The series was supposed to start on July 13, but now the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka will take place on July 18 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.