West Indies-Australia 2nd ODI Suspended After Covid-19 Case
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West Indies-Australia 2nd ODI Suspended After Covid-19 Case

West Indies and Australia
West Indies and Australia (Image Source: Twitter)
Australia won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies in the 2nd ODI but the match was suspended. The second ODI in Barbados was suspended moments before the first ball was due to be bowled after reports of a positive Covid test emerged.
A short while later a CWI spokesman confirmed the match had been “postponed”. The toss had already taken place with teams named when the situation began to unfold. Australia captain Alex Carey had been able to take the same route as the opening game as he won the toss and opted to bat first.
Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
Alex Carey will be Australia’s 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images

Australia’s Stand-In Skipper Alex Carey Wins Toss And Opted To Bat First But The Match Was Postponed After A Positive Covid-19 Case Was Confirmed

Alex Carey was again leading the side in the absence of injured Aaron Finch. Australia handed an ODI debut to fast bowler Riley Meredith in place of Wes Agar. West Indies has been boosted by the return of wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope after an ankle injury kept him out of the opening match. He will open the batting in place of Shimron Hetmyer and take the gloves off Nicholas Pooran.
Shai Hope's return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images
Shai Hope’s return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images

The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was postponed after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed minutes before the opening delivery was to be bowled. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made once all the test results are confirmed, said the Cricket West Indies.

Australia Included ODI Debutant Riley Meredith In The XI

Australia had opted to bat after winning the toss but the teams were made aware of the development after the toss. Riley Meredith, who was set to make his ODI debut and was included in place of Wes Agar, will now have to wait for his opportunity. The teams will now be placed in managed isolation.

“The second ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies team,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.

Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith

“This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known due to the Covid-19 protocols. All members of both teams and match officials will be retested today. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once the test results are known. They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR-Test results are returned.”

Given the positive case, it remains to be seen how Australia’s next upcoming few fixtures will get affected. After the final ODI which is now scheduled on July 24, the visitors are scheduled to fly to Bangladesh for five T20Is starting from August 3.

In the 1st ODI, which was marred by rain, Australia’s stand-in captain Alex Carey scored a half-century and pace bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets as they beat West Indies by 133 runs in Barbados. Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) adjusted 257 runs for victory after Australia scored 252-for 9 in 49 overs after three rain delays, the hosts suffered a collapse to fold for 123 with only returning skipper Kieron Pollard (56) offering resistance.

Teams For The 2nd ODI:

West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

Australia (Playing XI): Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w/c), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

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