Australian batsman Peter Handscomb has been forced into isolation in England after testing positive for Covid-19. The 30-year-old has been leading Middlesex in the County Championship 2021 but was forced out of their game against Leicestershire on Sunday after testing positive.
The right-hander from Victoria has had a horrid time in England so far. Handscomb has only managed 227 runs in 13 innings at an average of just 17.46.
This is the second instance of Covid affecting Australian cricketers in England. Earlier, Glamorgan's Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser were both forced into isolation after being in close contact with a positive case.
On Sunday, a member of Kent tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the rest of the team to go into a period of isolation. The situation forced Kent's management to announce a fresh squad led by Heino Kuhn for the County Championship game against Sussex and the T20 Blast games against Middlesex and Sussex.
Cricket in England has been impacted by Covid. The national selectors were forced to pick a fresh squad for the ODI series against England after three players and four members of staff had tested positive just after the Sri Lanka series.