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Ashton Agar tests positive for Covid-19 and ruled out of Pak series

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CRICDOT DESK : Australian spinner Ashton Agar has been ruled out of the three match ODI series to be played against the home team Pakistan in Lahore. Cricket Australia (CA) on March 29 (Tuesday) confirmed that the left arm spinner has tested positive for Covid19. To note, Agar has become the second player in the visitor`s camp to test Covid19 positive. Earlier, batter Josh Inglis also tested positive for the virus, apart from team physiotherapist Brendan Wilson.

All other players and staff have returned negative tests. Visitors will also be without their major hitters, including Mitchell Marsh, who actually suffered a hip flexor injury on Monday, March 28th. Similarly, senior hitter Steve Smith was also excluded from the White Ball series due to elbow problems. After winning the Red Ball series by 10 margins, visitors will face Pakistan in the ODI series from Tuesday, March 29th. The entire series will take place in Lahore, with the second game on Thursday, March 31st and the third game on Saturday, April 2nd.

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Queensland batter Matt Renshaw joined the team due to the absence of several key players. However, left-handed batters will only be available after the three-day quarantine period has expired. The 26-year-old has not yet played Australian ODI. When it comes to the number of test crickets in Renshaw, left-handed players played 11 games, achieving a total of 636 runs, averaging 33.47. He also stroked 350 and 100 in the longest format of the game.
In the first match from today, visitors will consider playing a two-legged spinner.

This allows Mitchell Swepson to make his ODI debut and play with another spinner, Adam Zampa. Meanwhile, Pakistan has nominated a strong team for the next series and will start with a series victory. After the ODI series, the two teams will compete in the one-off T20I at Lahore itself on Tuesday, April 5th.

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