Australian all-rounder, Cameron Green tested positive for Coronavirus ahead of the 2nd test match against West Indies. Nevertheless, Australia included the COVID-positive Cameron Green in the playing XI.
Despite testing positive, the Australian cricket team made an unusual decision by allowing him to play the final test match of the series at the Gabba, Brisbane that started on 25th January 2024(Thursday).
Furthermore, Australian skipper Pat Cummins promoted Green to the No.4 batting position in the longer formats of cricket.
Possibly, Australia aimed to win the 2nd test match. Consequently, the skipper decided to continue with the same playing XI of the 1st test match played at Adelaide.
Moreover, the West Indies created history by winning the 2nd test match by 8 runs on Australian soil.
The Caribbeans leveled the series at 1-1. Additionally, the Windies ended Australia’s record in the Day-night test match with the longest winning streak of 11 tests in the pink-ball cricket format.
Cameron Green scored only 50 runs in the 2nd test match. It includes his highest score of 42 runs from 73 balls( including 4 fours) in the 2nd innings. Similar to the other batsmen, he fell into the trap of West Indies bowler Shamar Joseph. The 24-year-old medium pacer achieved his first 7-wicket haul in the 2nd innings of this test match and created a sensation.
Unexpectedly, the Australians had to confront the unwelcome reality of the coronavirus on the squad.
Shockingly, the World Cup hero, Travis Head, tested positive by providing a momentary blow to the team. However, Head managed to make a speedy recovery within the time ahead of the 2nd test.
On 24th January 2024(Wednesday), Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed that Head coach Andrew McDonald and all-rounder Cameron Green tested COVID positive.
According to the protocols set by Cricket Australia, Green, and McDonald isolated themselves from the rest of the team until the medical experts provided a report with negative results for COVID-19. However, they were allowed to participate in the test regardless of being affected by the infection.
The Australian cricket team ensured to maintain social distancing by emphasizing that precautions were taken. As a result, it prevents the potential transmission of any infections.
Moreover, it is not the first time that the Australian cricket team has included a Covid positive player in their squad.
Earlier, in the Commonwealth Games 2022 final against India, Tahlia McGrath took permission from the board to play in the field despite having an infection. Eventually, the Australian women’s cricket team won the finals by 9 runs thereby winning a gold medal at the tournament.
In a recent video shared on Cricket Australia’s social media handle, Australian medium pacer Josh Hazlewood jokingly shoos away the COVID-positive Cameron Green. This incident happened after the players started celebrating by taking the wicket of the Windies’ opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite on Day 1 of the test match.
Hazlewood asked Green to maintain distance while celebrating along with his other teammates.
The incident underlines the team’s commitment to maintain social distancing amid joyful moments.
Cricket Australia shared another post on its X handle. To share the visual representation of social distancing, the board clarified to fans that the players were strictly following the protocols.
During the national anthem, the COVID-positive Cameron Green stood away from his teammates, thereby maintaining social distancing.
The decision to allow Cameron Green received mixed reactions from cricket enthusiasts.
Several fans questioned when he cannot stand near his teammates then how he can touch the ball and play as a batsman. Similarly, a few of them trolled that any wicket-keeper cannot maintain social distancing when Cameron Green is batting and facing a spin bowler.
The Coronavirus pandemic has entirely changed the way of playing international cricket. During the early periods of COVID-19, a player was completely isolated from the match after being tested positive.
As time progressed, situations returned to normal by becoming favorable to many individuals. Many scientists from different backgrounds together collaborated to develop immunity to the virus.
With the change in severeness of the pandemic, probably the rules might have been made slightly moderate.
Cameron Green, following in the footsteps of Tahlia McGrath, reflects on Australian cricketers overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mainly, the Australian cricket team portrays their ability to adapt and consider safety measures by maintaining their competitive spirit simultaneously.
Especially, the CA advised players to maintain proper social distancing from the COVID-positive Cameron Green whenever possible.
Also, Cricket Australia mentioned that Cameron Green and Andrew McDonald will be separated from the entire team. The board as well as the team members would continue the procedure until they get the results negative for COVID-19. Furthermore, the Board specified that it wouldn’t hinder their participation in the game by following the CA protocols