New Zealand hard-hitter Finn Allen is has joined his squad’s bio-bubble after returning two consecutive negative Covid-19 test reports, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Thursday.
Allen was forced to miss out on the opening game of the ongoing five-match T20I series against Bangladesh after he tested positive for COVID-19. Finn Allen tested positive for the virus a couple of days after his arrival in Dhaka on August 20 ahead of the series. His returned marks as a sign of relief for the reeling Black Caps, who lost the first game by four wickets on Wednesday after getting bundled up in just 60 runs. However, whether he is fit enough for featuring in the second game is yet to be ascertained.
Allen was reported to experience very mild symptoms in his isolation period. He tested negative for Covid-19 on both tests carried out on Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s great for us. He has been a big part of our squad,” New Zealand head coach Glenn Poknall said.
“Hopefully, he will come as soon as possible but he will have to undergo a couple of (fitness) tests. He will definitely come into consideration, it’s just a matter of when. He is physically fit but we need to assess on what game he comes into the team,” he said.
“He is a very attacking batsman and he had shown that around the world in the shorter format, and he will certainly add a lot of fire in our batting line-up,” he added.
The opening batter made his T20I debut earlier this year during a series against Bangladesh and smashed a half-century in his fourth game. He went on to represent Lancashire in the Vitality Blast following his T20I debut and registered four half-centuries in 13 games. He recently starred in the inaugural season of The Hundred tournament representing Birmingham Phoenix and accumulating 165 runs in eight matches.
Matt Henry, who was named as a replacement for Allen, is yet to complete his three-day quarantine period to join the squad for Friday’s game and is awaiting a negative Covid-19 test.
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