According to reports, ‘The Hundred’ team London Spirit men’s team Head Coach Shane Warne and another member of the team management have gone into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
On Sunday morning, the 51-year old reported that he was feeling unwell, ahead of Spirit’s game against Southern Brave at Lord’s. A lateral flow test was carried out following this in which Warne returned a positive result. His RT-PCR resulted is still awaited. As per a report by ESPNcricinfo, no other member or player of the London Spirit squad have been reported to test positive for COVID-19.
Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley and one of the Spirit’s assistants will take up the charge of his duties in Warne’s absence.
This is not the first case of COVID-19 in The Hundred tournament. Shane Warne testing positive is the second instance in 10 days of the competition that a coach has tested positive for the virus. Earlier, last weekend Trent Rockets head coach Andy Flower also returned a positive result for the coronavirus test. Resultantly, he had to miss out on the last three fixtures of Trent Rockets. Paul Franks took up his role in his absence.
Flower testing positive caused player Steven Mullaney to self-isolate as he was deemed his close contact. As of now, he is the only player in the competition to be under isolation.
Warne’s side, which has played three games so far, is yet to register their first win. The team lost three games, while one of them ended without any result after being washed out. The Eoin Morgan-led London Spirt will play their next game against Northern Superchargers on August 3 at the Lord’s.
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