Aust keeper Wade ill ahead of crunch game

Australia’s plans for the Twenty20 World Cup have been seriously complicated with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade testing positive for COVID-19.

One day after their unmissable clash with England, Wade became the second Australian squad member to contract the virus this week after hitter Adam Zampa missed Tuesday night’s win against Sri Lanka.

Wade is thought to have only mild symptoms and should still play Friday night’s game at the MCG unless his condition deteriorates.

But the situation is far from ideal, with the Tasmanian veteran being the only goalkeeper on Australia’s 15-man team.

After Josh Inglis was kicked out of the tournament with a strange hand injury while playing golf, versatile player Cameron Green was called in to replace another goalkeeper.

If Wade were unable to take sides against England, Australia would be forced to resort to the unusual option of stellar hitter David Warner or captain Aaron Finch behind the stumps.

Australia are unable to run into a substitute like Alex Carey, Ben McDermott or Josh Philippe unless another player is eliminated from the tournament.

Australia must beat England to remain in contention to advance to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup home defense.

Zampa recorded a negative COVID-19 test on Thursday and will almost certainly return to the squad in place of Ashton Agar.

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