new Delhi. The first match of the 3 ODI series between Pakistan and Australia is to be played in Lahore (PAK vs AUS Lahore ODI) today. Even before this, there was a double attack of Corona on the Australian team. After wicket-keeper batsman Josh Inglis, spinner Ashton Agar has also been found to be Corona positive and has been ruled out of the entire series. At the same time, England will also not be able to play in this series anymore. This is the second case of corona in the Australian team in the last 24 hours.
Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday morning that spinner Ashton Agar’s report has also come positive 24 hours after Josh Inglis was corona infected. Earlier, Australia team physiotherapist Brendan Wilson was also found infected with the virus. It is a matter of relief for Australia that the corona report of the players and support staff of the team has come negative.
Australian team battling with injury
Apart from this, middle-order batsman Mitchell Marsh is also suffering from a hip injury and he too will not play the first ODI. At the same time, Steve Smith has already been ruled out of this series due to an elbow injury. The Australian team can go with two spinners in the first ODI against Pakistan. If this happens, then Mitchell Sweepson will make his ODI debut with Adam Zampa. Meanwhile, Queensland batsman Matt Renshaw has reached Lahore on Monday as a replacement for the injured batsmen. But before joining the team, he will have to spend 3 days in Quarantine.
Ashton Agar was recently part of the Australia team in the home T20 series against Sri Lanka. He took 3 wickets in three matches at an average of 15.66. Agar played the last ODI against West Indies in July 2021. Since then he has not appeared in ODIs. Earlier, Australia had defeated hosts Pakistan 1-0 in the 3-Test series. It was Australia’s first Test series win in Pakistan after 24 years. The first two matches of the Test series were drawn. While the visiting Australia captured the series by winning the third Test.