Renshaw tests positive for Covid in comeback Test

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Matt Renshaw (right) stood away from his teams during the anthems.
Matt Renshaw (right) stood away from his teams during the anthems. © Getty

Australia batter Matt Renshaw has returned a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) after reporting feeling unwell shortly before play on the opening day of the New Year's Test in Sydney. The 26-year-old, who is playing his first Test for Australia in nearly five years, will continue to take part in the match but Australia have added Peter Handscomb as a late substitute should a Covid substitute be needed later in the game.

Renshaw batted in the SCG nets 45 minutes before the Toss in preparation for his comeback but reported feeling under the weather as the rest of the Australian side went through their drills. He even stood away from the rest of the team during the anthems, at which point the result of his his test hadn't been made public.

As Australia began batting, Renshaw was pictured seated on a plastic chair by the boundary lines and a few metres away from the substitutes. Teams are allowed a like for like substitute if a player is diagnosed with Covid provided the symptoms occur in the match.

Incidentally, captain Pat Cummins addressed the topic of Covid on the eve of the Test, stating his surprise at how his team seemed to have escaped the dreaded virus through the summer.

"I still don't know how we haven't had Covid in our team now I think about it," Cummins said on Tuesday. "It feels like we're back to normal life. "