County Championship: Australian batsman Peter Handscomb Corona positive, out of tournament

Australian batsman and Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb has been sacked from the tournament after Corona’s positive appearance at the ongoing County Cricket Championship in England. The 30-year-old Handscomb was left out of the group of champions against Leicestershire on Sunday after being found to be a positive for Corona and was replaced by Ireland fast bowler Tim Murtagh as the team’s captain. Right-handed batsmen are struggling to score runs in the current state of the county championship. In the seven games of the tournament, he has averaged just 227 runs at 17.46. His poor batting has also been disappointing for the team and the team has won only one of nine matches, but need to draw one.

Handscomb played their last international match against Australia in January 2019 as a Test match against India. He is now confident he can return to the Australian national team from the Ashes series against England at the end of this year. He has played 16 Tests for the middle-order batsman with an average of 38.91.

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Prior to Handscomb, Kent’s men’s teammates were also found to have Kovid-19, and now the team does not have to announce a new squad for this week’s County Championship match against Sussex. The team has not revealed the name of the player who was found to be Corona Positive, but with him the entire team will now have to self-isolate for 10 days.

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