AUS vs WI, 1st ODI: COVID-19 Positive Josh Inglis Maintains Distance From Australia Teammates During Wicket Celebration; See Pic

AUS vs WI, 1st ODI: COVID-19 Positive Josh Inglis Maintains Distance From Australia Teammates During Wicket Celebration; See Pic

Josh Inglis has become the second male player after Cameron Green in international cricket to play despite testing positive for COVID-19.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Friday, February 02, 2024, 06:22 PM IST
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Josh Inglis | Credits: Twitter

Australia wicketkeeper-batter Josh Inglis maintained his distance from his teammates during wicket celebration in the 1st ODI against West Indies at MCG as he has been tested positive for COVID-19.

Inglis featured in Australia Playing XI for the ODI series opener against Caribbean side despite being diagnosed with the virus. The 28-year-old was allowed to participate in the 1st ODI but will have to safe distance from his Australian teammates, avoiding any physical contact with them. Josh Inglis was infected with COVID-19 on February 1 and is yet to receive negative result.

In a viral picture, Josh Inglis can be seen keeping a distance from his teammates while celebrating debutant Xavier Bartlett's first wicket of his international career, dismissing Justin Greaves for 1 at 6/1. He stood few metres during gatherings to celebrate the wicket.

Josh Inglis has become the second male player after Cameron Green in international cricket to play despite testing positive for COVID-19. Green featured in the 2nd Test against West Indies under similar circumstances. Even veteran all-rounder Moises Henriques has recently played BBL 2023-24 Final for Sydney Sixers against Brisbane Heat despite being infected with the virus.

Australia head coach Andrew McDonald and star batter Travis Head were also tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the 2nd and final Test series against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane.

Australia bundled out West Indies for 231

Australia's decision to bowl first didn't backfire as bowlers put on good show in the first innings of the first ODI. Debutant Xavier Bartlett led the bowling attack by providing early breakthroughs for Australia and reduced West Indies to 37/3, picking wickets of Alick Athanaze, Justin Greaves and Shai Hope.

Then, Cameron Green came into the attack and picked the wicket of Kavem Hodge 59/4. However, West Indies batting was revived through 110-run partnership between Keacy Carty and Raston Chase for the fifth wicket. Chase was dismissed for 59 by Adam Zampa at 169/5.

Keacy Carty carried on West Indies' innings but his gritty 88 off 108 balls came to an end with a run-out at 193/6. After Carty's dismissal, the visitors batting further collapsed, losing remaining four wickets in 38 runs. West Indies were bundled out for 231 in 48.4 overs.

For Australia, Xavier Bartlett registered his best ODI figures of 4/17 at an economy rate of 1.90 in his nine overs on debut, while Sean Abbott and Cameron Green picked two wickets each.

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