The fourth ash test is expected to continue after no further Covid-19 cases were found in the Australian roster in the last round of testing.
Doubts had arisen over the New Year’s game in Sydney when it was discovered that batsman Travis Head was carrying the virus before the team left Melbourne on Friday.
He was the first player on either side to test positive on their daily screening schedule, but seven members of England’s broader touring group as well as match referee David Boon have also contracted Covid in the past few days.
Australia didn’t see any more positive Covid cases in the final round of testing after it was discovered that Travis Head (pictured) had the virus
Australia had adjusted to a wider spread after calling in three cover players, but their entire roster and support team reacted negatively on New Years Day.
A test for a family member remains unreported and both teams have performed another round of PCR, their sixth since the first case was identified in the UK camp.
Meanwhile, Usman Khawaja is ready to fill in for Head in the fourth Test, but the veteran Australian batsman is hoping to play more than a bridging role this year.
Khawaja is aware that Head, whose winning 152 set the tone for Australia’s unassailable 3-0 lead in the series in the Brisbane opener, is likely to recapture the spot in the final Test in Hobart, but believes he is still with Australia can contribute.
English coach Chris Silverwood is isolated in Melbourne after a family member tested positive. The rest of the tour moves to Sydney for the fourth test
“It’s one of those things that even if I play it will only be for one game,” Khawaja told Cricket Australia (CA).
“I understand this situation … hopefully I can go out there and score hundreds of goals and do well for the team without ‘Heady’.”
“Even if that doesn’t happen, there is still a lot of cricket on the agenda,” he said.
Australia will tour Pakistan in March and April and Khawaja hopes to be part of the roster.
“I may have a game for Australia here, but even if that doesn’t happen, I know there is still … a lot of cricket on the subcontinent, which I am also very good at.”
Usman Khawaja is expected to join the Australian line-up for the fourth Test this week
“I just put my head down and make sure I work really hard and do my best for Australia whenever I get the chance.”
Should he get that in Sydney, the Queensland captain is confident he will make the most of it, despite putting the series on hold for the first three games.
“It’s always nicer when you come from games. I probably haven’t played for a month now, but it shouldn’t be too long.
“If I play and come out and hit for half an hour and get involved, I should find that sync again.”
Khawaja turned 35 last month and said he felt fit enough to keep going.
“I still feel pretty young in my head. As long as that is there I still have the spark of fire and as long as the body holds … I’ll keep playing the game. ‘