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Matthew Wade, an Australian Wicketkeeper, tests positive a day before the England match.

With just one day remaining before their crucial match against England at the MCG on Friday, Australia is negotiating their second case involving a COVID-positive result in three days. Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade tested positive.

After testing positive, Wade skipped Australia’s optional indoor training session on Thursday afternoon at the Junction Oval. Following closely on the heels of Adam Zampa’s absence from Australia’s match against Sri Lanka due to a positive test,

Nevertheless, Wade is permitted to participate in the competition and will probably start for Australia despite the positive test. His symptoms aren’t very bad. Wade won’t be permitted to use the team restroom before or during the game and will have to arrive at the stadium separately from the rest of the team.

Wade is the only specialist wicket-keeper in Australia’s 15-man roster, and the selectors are unable to replace him because backup keeper Josh Inglis withdrew prior to the competition owing to a serious cut to his hand. Cameron Green, an all-around player, took over for Inglis.

Wade is scheduled to play, therefore Australia is unlikely to require a backup plan. Even if he doesn’t, Melbourne’s prospects of seeing the England game at all are dwindling by the hour as more rain fell on Thursday and more is predicted for Friday.

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