Women’s World Cup: Australia all-rounder Gardner tests positive for COVID-19
Women’s World Cup: Following a routine RAT, Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner tested positive to Covid-19, with her positive result confirmed by a PCR test ahead of the upcoming Women’s 50-over WC.
Gardner scored 60 from just 32 balls for Australia in their warm-up game against New Zealand on Tuesday
Gardner will remain in Christchurch and will isolated for ten days. In accordance with ICC and New Zealand Government Health rules.
“She is being supported in Christchurch by Head of Performance – Women’s Cricket, Shawn Flegler,” stated an official Cricket Australia statement.
Gutted for you, Ash.
Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️ pic.twitter.com/q3cxTrg3UN
— Australian Women’s Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) March 2, 2022
Following additional RATs, all remaining Australian players and support workers tested negative. Also the team will travel to Hamilton this evening in preparation for the ICC Women’s Cricket WC opener against England on Saturday.
The ICC recently tweaked the playing conditions for the 50-over showpiece, allowing matches to go ahead with a minimum of nine players should Covid hit during the tournament.
Therefore, between March 4 and April 3, the Women’s WC will held.
The tournament will begin with a match between New Zealand and the West Indies.