Angelo Mathews tests Covid-19 positive, Oshada Fernando replacement
Galle/UNI: Sri Lankan allrounder Angelo Mathews tested Covid-19 positive ahead of the third day's play of the first Test against Australia here Friday.
He had undergone Covid test after informing the camp of Covid symptoms. He has been isolated as per protocols.
Mathews has been replaced by Oshada Fernando as an approved like-for-like Covid replacement.
🔴 Angelo Mathews tested positive for Covid-19.— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 1, 2022
He was found to be positive during a Rapid Anti-Gen Test Conducted on the player.
The test was done, as the player was feeling unwell. He has been isolated from the rest of the team members and is following covid-19 protocols. pic.twitter.com/6fUBT7D04z
Fernando will likely be in the thick of action during the early stages of day three, after his teammates bowled Australia out for 321 early in the morning session.
The hosts were 109 runs behind at the end of Australia's first innings with Asitha Fernando cleaning up the tail after Ramesh Mendis' 4/112.
With the second Test beginning on Jul 8, Mathews' future involvement in the series remains unclear.