Australia have been dealt with a huge blow hours before their second group stage match against Sri Lanka as their lead spinner Adam Zampa tested positive for COVID-19.

Zampa was down with illness after the Kangaroos lost against New Zealand in their campaign opener of the ICC T20 World Cup. The 30-year-old leg spinner returned positive for the virus today morning but is available for selection.

According to the new rules, a COVID-19-positive player can be a part of the playing XI, given he is experiencing minor symptoms.

An Australian team spokesperson confirmed the news and said Zampa is experiencing minor symptoms but is available for selection.

Nevertheless, it still puts him in doubt for the match against Sri Lanka at Perth Stadium. The team will not make a decision on Zampa before the toss.

Australia are last in their group after an 89-run defeat against New Zealand.

Another player, who played a match despite being COVID-19 positive, was Ireland’s George Dockrell. He was a part of Playing XI against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

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