India Take a look at captain Rohit Sharma has examined optimistic for Covid-19 which may put him unsure for the one-off Take a look at towards England at Edgbaston.
Rohit is in isolation on the workforce resort and if the identical protocols are adopted as for the continued England-New Zealand sequence it will be for a interval of 5 days. The Take a look at begins on July 1.
It’s unclear who will lead India in case Rohit is unavailable for the England Take a look at. KL Rahul was appointed vice-captain by the selectors when the squad was introduced in Could, however he’s not in England as he picked up a groin damage earlier than the house T20I sequence towards South Africa lately. The BCCI has not but given any replace on Rahul’s health and can be but to call a deputy to Rohit.
The selectors have seemingly earmarked Rahul because the long-term captaincy choice. Rahul led India within the second Take a look at on the South Africa tour in December-January after Virat Kohli pulled out attributable to a again damage. In March, damage dominated Rahul out from choice for the two-match Take a look at sequence at house towards Sri Lanka, prompting the selectors to offer the vice-captaincy to Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, although, has no captaincy expertise at any degree. It couldn’t be confirmed whether or not the selectors would take a look at Kohli as an interim captain for the one-off Take a look at. The one-off Take a look at is the conclusion of the sequence from final yr which was suspended after a Covid-19 outbreak within the India workforce.
A BCCI assertion, regarding Rohit’s Covid outcome, mentioned: “Staff India captain Mr Rohit Sharma has examined optimistic for COVID-19 following a Fast Antigen Take a look at (RAT) performed on Saturday. He’s presently in isolation on the workforce resort and is below the care of the BCCI Medical Staff. An RT-PCR take a look at can be performed on Sunday to determine his CT worth.”
The information of Rohit’s optimistic take a look at got here by way of after the third day’s play of the warm-up match towards Leicestershire. He had made 25 within the first innings earlier than not batting within the second.
Beforehand, R Ashwin’s arrival on the tour was delayed after he examined optimistic earlier than leaving India.
New Zealand have needed to cope with various Covid-19 instances throughout their ongoing Take a look at tour whereas England batting coach Marcus Trescothick has been absent from the Headingley match after testing optimistic. England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes additionally examined optimistic on Sunday and his participation within the Take a look at towards India is unsure, though England are hopeful he could be match to play.