New Zealand’s Covid-19 outbreak worsens as Devon Conway tests positive

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New Zealand are battling a worsening Covid-19 outbreak ahead of next week’s third Test against England after Devon Conway became the latest member of the touring party to test positive.

After taking the Test in London on Wednesday evening, this batsman has started a five-day isolation.

Conway was joined by all-rounder Michael Bracewell and support staff personnel Vijay Vallabh (physio) and Chris Donaldson (strength and conditioning specialist) as members of the touring party, who tested positive for COVID-19. He will travel to Leeds separately on Sunday and, provided he recovers as expected, will be able to join the squad for training at Headingley on Tuesday ahead of the third and final Test of the series starting on Thursday.

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Both Conway and Bracewell should be available to play in the final Test starting June 23 at Headingley.

“Devon Conway has tested positive for COVID-19 and has begun five days of isolation,” a New Zealand statement said on Thursday.

“The rest of the touring party has given negative results and will continue to follow the touring health protocol of symptom reporting and subsequent testing, if necessary.

“No replacement players are being sorted at this stage.”

Conway, batting at number three in the second Test at Trent Bridge, scored 46 and 52 after regular captain Kane Williamson tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the match. His scores in the first Test at Lord’s were 3 and 13.

World Test champions New Zealand suffered a second consecutive five-wicket loss against England at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, giving the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Captain Kane Williamson missed the match in Nottingham after testing positive for Covid.

New Zealand had previously added paceman Blair Tickner and wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver to their Test squad, as did fast all-rounder Kyle Jamieson (lower back strain reaction) and backup wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher (grade-two right hamstring strain) for the rest of the year. were out. Tour in Nottingham.

New Zealand, the current winners of the World Test Championship (WTC), have lost the series to England, after losing Tests by equal margins of five wickets at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. The visitors will now be aiming for a few points in terms of the WTC tally in the last match of their tour in Leeds and avoid a clean sweep to sign higher from England.

(with inputs from agencies)

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