Matthew Renshaw tests positive to COVID-19

By Brett Graham and Damien McCartney

Australian batter Matthew Renshaw has tested positive for COVID-19 on a RAT on the opening morning of the third Test against South Africa.

He is asymptomatic, and under COVID-19 guidelines is still free to play at the SCG, however he must sit away from his teammates in the sheds, and on the sidelines.

Peter Handscomb has been named as an emergency fielder for Australia, and could come into the side as a COVID-19 substitute if needed.

“Australian batter Matthew Renshaw reported feeling unwell shortly before play in the third Test match against South Africa in Sydney and was separated from the squad,” a Cricket Australian spokesperson said.

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“Renshaw has since returned a positive RAT. He will continue to take part in the match.”

During the anthems, Renshaw was standing a little way away from Josh Hazlewood, and didn’t put his arm around the returning fast bowler like his teammates were.

“So frustrating for him – he’s done such good work in getting back into this side and (COVID-19) strikes on the morning of the game,” Kerry O’Keeffe said in commentary for Fox Cricket.

“Feel desperately disappointed for Matt Renshaw … he’s a silent figure there but he still has a role to play.”

It’s Renshaw’s first Test since 2018, with the left-hander listed to bat at No.6.

It’s not the first time Australia has been impacted by COVID-19 this summer. At the T20 World Cup, Matthew Wade tested positive and was set to play the match against England at the MCG, which was eventually abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.

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