The Australian spinner, Ashton Agar became the second person exactly 24 hours after Josh Inglis from the Australian squad to get ruled out of Pakistan vs Australia ODI series being held in Lahore due to testing Covid-19 positive. They have been subjected to 5 days of strict isolation. Brendan Wilson, the physiotherapist for the Australian squad, has also tested positive. All of the other players and staff members tested negative as of now.
Mitchell Marsh, who suffered a hip flexor injury in training on Monday, will also miss the match. After Steven Smith was ruled out of the series due to an elbow injury, Australia is left with only 13 players to choose from.
Agar was most recently a member of Australia’s T20I squad for the home series against Sri Lanka when he appeared in three matches and took three wickets at a 15.66 average. Agar hasn’t played an ODI since a match against the West Indies at Bridgetown in July of last year.
Due to various reasons, Australia is already missing important players David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Steve Smith, and now they have been stung even harder by the absence of all-rounder Marsh, who was their hero when they won the T20 World Cup in November.
In the first ODI, the Australians were planning to get two spinners on the field, now that Agar is unavailable, Mitchell Swepson might make his ODI debut alongside Adam Zampa.
This series is part of the 13-team ODI Super League, in which each match is worth ten points and the top seven teams qualify for the World Cup next year automatically. Although Australia is now ranked seventh and Pakistan is ranked tenth, both teams have only played three of their eight scheduled series.