Australian men’s team head coach Andrew McDonald has tested positive for COVID19 ahead of the Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2022.
Andrew McDonald tested positive for COVID19
Newly appointed McDonald has tested positive for COVID19 hours ahead of their traveling time. The Sri Lanka tour will be McDonald’s first assignment as the full-time coach.
“Australian men’s team head coach Andrew McDonald has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be delayed in traveling to Sri Lanka for the start of the T20I series,” Cricket Australia stated on Wednesday.
Regarding the series SLC secretary, Mohan de Silva told “There is no disruption in the schedule and the white ball games will be night or day-night affairs,”.
The Australian support staff will also see former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and ex Victoria and Melbourne Renegades assistant Andre Borovec starting their tenure as full-time assistant coaches in the two-Test series which begins on June 29.
“The great challenge for coaches and players is to manage your workload across the four years,” McDonald had said after signing his four-year deal with Australia.
“I’d like to think I have the coaching staff to step up, and we can elevate certain coaches at different times to take on different tours and different challenges.
“While doing that it’s only growing the depth of our coaching staff… coaches will get exposed along the journey to help out the workload which is quite significant for a head coach.”
Michael Di Venuto has been named as the replacement for McDonald and will act as the interim coach of the touring team. Australia will start their tour on June 7, where they lock their horns to play the first ODI against Sri Lanka on June 7.
Subject to clearing further COVID testing, Andrew McDonald is expected to join the Australian team in Colombo ahead of the second T20I.