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T20 World Cup 2022: Australia cricketer Adam Zampa tests +ve for Covid-19 ahead of Sri Lanka clash

New Delhi: Australia might be without its key bowler Adam Zampa in the T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka after the star leg-spinner tested COVID-19 positive with minor symptoms. An official statement was released by Cricket Australia in this regard, which stated: “Adam Zampa is recovering from a Covid-19 infection and is available for selection in tonight’s match against Sri Lanka in Perth.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Australia might be without its key bowler Adam Zampa in the T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka after the star leg-spinner tested COVID-19 positive with minor symptoms. An official statement was released by Cricket Australia in this regard, which stated: “Adam Zampa is recovering from a Covid-19 infection and is available for selection in tonight’s match against Sri Lanka in Perth.

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Australia’s top white-ball spinner is in serious doubt for the T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka in Perth. “No other Australian squad members or staff have reported symptoms.”

As per cricket.com.au, “A team spokesperson confirmed Zampa recently returned a positive test but is only displaying minor symptoms. It puts him in considerable doubt for Tuesday evening’s match at Perth Stadium, though the team insists he remains available for selection.”

The T20 World Cup rules state that Covid-positive players are still allowed to play. Earlier, Ireland’s George Dockrell played against Sri Lanka on Sunday in Hobart despite the team identifying him as “potentially positive”.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka are likely to welcome back their in-form opener Pathum Nissanka, who missed their opening match in the Super 12 against Ireland due to a an injury concern. Dockrell was forced to travel separately from his teammates, with team medical staff managing his movements and interactions. If Zampa was to be selected, he and Cricket Australia would need to operate under the same guidelines.

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Kiwis had last won a white-ball game, a One Day International (ODI) against Australia during Chappell Hadlee Trophy in February 2009. They had to wait for more than 13 years to register their next win against the Aussies in white-ball cricket in Australia. Their loss of 89-runs is their biggest loss by runs in T20 World Cup history.Their previous record was a 74-run loss to West Indies in the 2012 edition of the tournament. The biggest loss in ICC T20 World Cup history is Kenya’s 172-run loss to Sri Lanka in the inaugural T20 WC back in 2007.

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