Coronavirus Pandemic | Australian pacer Kane Richardson tests negative for COVID-19
Sydney (Australia) | Jagran Sports Desk: Australian cricketer Kane Richardson was tested for the novel coronavirus and has been quarantined, reported news agency PTI. The right-arm pacer informed the medical staff of a sore throat on Thursday and was tested for the virus.
The pacer was, however, tested negative for the virus, CricTracker quoted Cricket Australia as saying.
"Our medical staff are treating this as a typical throat infection but we are following Australian Government protocols that require us to keep Kane away from other members of the squad and perform the appropriate tests given he has returned from international travel in the last 14 days," a Cricket Australia spokesperson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"Once we receive the results of the tests and Kane recovers in the next few days we expect he will re-join the team. We will not be making further comment until something changes," the spokesperson added.
The 29-year-old will be replaced by Sean Abbott, who was a part of Australia's T20 squad that toured South Africa.
Australia take on New Zealand for a three-match ODI series starting here on Friday. It will be played without fans in a bid to control the coronavirus pandemic that has rocked world sport.
The deadly coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan, has claimed the lives of over 4,500 people and affected more than 1,24,000 people around the world.
Looking at the situation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 situation 'pandemic', saying that the organisation is concerned by the spread and lack of action taken to combat it.
(With PTI inputs)
(DISCLAIMER: We regret for wrongly reporting earlier that the player was tested for coronavirus. The error has been rectified and we apologise for the same.)
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