Travis Head Tests Positive, Uncertainty Looms for Second Test Against West Indies


Australian cricketer Travis Head has been dealt a blow after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19, raising doubts about his participation in the upcoming second Test against West Indies. The match is scheduled to commence on January 25 at The Gabba Stadium in Brisbane. Head’s absence could be a significant setback for Australia, who have already secured the Frank Worrell Trophy by clinching the first Test against West Indies with a comprehensive 10-wicket victory within just seven sessions.

In a positive development for the Australian team, Usman Khawaja has been cleared to play in the final Test, providing some relief amidst Head’s potential absence. The probable starting XI for Australia includes stalwarts like Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, and the recently cleared Khawaja, among others. However, the absence of Head, known for his batting prowess and occasional off-spin, might force a reshuffle in the team’s strategy.

With Australia comfortably leading the World Test Championship standings and the series seemingly headed for a 2-0 victory in their favor, the team might not be under immense pressure. However, Head’s potential absence could lead to the introduction of Matt Renshaw into the playing XI. The squad currently has only two extra players, and with Head likely to miss out, the team management is yet to announce a replacement.

On the other hand, West Indies

, despite their struggles in the first Test, found a silver lining in debutant Shamar Joseph’s impressive performance. Joseph showcased his skills with both bat and ball, providing a glimmer of hope for the visiting side.

As the series progresses towards its conclusion, the news of Head’s positive COVID-19 test adds an element of uncertainty to Australia’s preparations for the second Test against West Indies. The team will hope for a swift recovery for Head while ensuring that they have adequate cover in place for his potential absence.

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