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Versatile Michael Bracewell, 2 support staff in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19

ByJulie J. Helfer

Jun 16, 2022

New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell has tested positive for COVID-19 a day after the conclusion of the second test against England, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed on Wednesday.

Bracewell undertook a rapid antigen test (RAT) the morning after waking up with symptoms. He will need five days of isolation before joining the group.

The all-rounder had recently made his Test debut against England in the second Test at Trent Bridge, shooting 49 and 25 in both legs while returning figures of 3/62 and 0/60 with his breaks, including taking the wicket of opposing skipper Ben. Stokes in the first inning.

Upon arrival in London, team physio Vijay Vallabh and strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson also tested positive for COVID-19 and will also begin five days of self-isolation.

UPDATE | Team physio Vijay Vallabh and strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson also tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in London and will begin five days of self-isolation. No other members of the tour has only tested positive at this point,” BlackCaps said in a tweet.

Blair Tickner and Dane Cleaver were previously called up to the squad as replacements for Kyle Jamieson and Cam Fletcher, but no new replacements have been named for Bracewell.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has joined the squad after recovering from COVID-19 and completing self-isolation. The team will have a few days off before traveling to Leeds on Sunday to prepare for the third and final test, starting on Thursday.

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