Former Australia batsman and Middlesex captain, Peter Handscomb has tested positive for COVID-19 while in England for a county cricket stint. England is currently facing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country in another wave of the pandemic.
The 30-year-old was forced to miss their Championship Group Two game against Leicestershire on Sunday (July 11) after he had to go under isolation following a positive COVID-19 test result.
Ireland cricketer Tim Murtagh has been handed over the responsibility of leading the team in the absence of Peter Handscomb. Consequently, he led the side in the Group 2 fixture and ended day one of the clash with Leicestershire at 3-280.
Handscomb was already going through a rough patch in terms of his form as he failed to cross the 50-run mark in 13 innings for Middlesex. In the 13 innings that he has played, his highest score was 36. He has been dismissed for a duck thrice.
The performance has also caused him to fall out of the contention for selection in the national team. He last played for the Aussies in January 2019 in the Test against India in Sydney. The last time he played a T20I was also against India at Bengaluru in February 2019. While his last ODI stint was against England at Birmingham in July the same year.
Meanwhile, another player featuring in the County Championship has tested positive for COVID-19. An unnamed player of Kent tested positive for the virus on Sunday, which forced the entire team — which had played at the Kia Oval on July 9 against Surrey — in self-isolation for 10 days.
“Following a PCR test administered yesterday (July 10), Kent Cricket can confirm that one unnamed member of Kent’s Men’s First XI squad has tested positive for COVID-19,” read a statement by the cub.