Australia's Peter Handscomb tests positive for COVID-19

Australia and Middlesex batsman Peter Hanscomb tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to miss his county match against Leicestershire.

Peter Hanscomb has played 16 Tests for Australia. - K. R. DEEPAK

Australia batsman Peter Handscomb tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and had to miss his county match against Leicestershire in England.

The 30-year-old, who has been captaining Middlesex this season, couldn't play its Championship Group Two game on Sunday after being forced into isolation following a positive test result.

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"Irishman Tim Murtagh stepped up to fill in for Handscomb as skipper as Middlesex ended day one of the clash with Leicestershire at 3 for 280," a report in The West Australian said.

Handscomb is going through a poor run of form as he failed to cross the 50-run mark in 13 innings for Middlesex. He has fallen out of the radar of the national selectors and last played a Test against India in Sydney in January, 2019.

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