Women's World Cup: Gardner to miss first two matches for Australia after positive COVID test

Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner is set to miss the opening two matches of Australia's Women's World Cup campaign in New Zealand after testing positive for COVID-19.

Australia's Ashleigh Gardner (left) to miss the opening two matches of Australia's Women's World Cup campaign in New Zealand after testing positive for COVID-19. (File Photo)   -  AP

Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner is set to miss the opening two matches of Australia's Women's World Cup campaign in New Zealand after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 24-year-old has been ruled out of Saturday's game against defending champions England and their meeting with Pakistan on Tuesday after being forced to isolate for 10 days, in line with New Zealand health protocols.

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Gardner is due to be released from isolation on March 13, when the Australians are scheduled to meet the hosts in their third group game.

The eight-nation World Cup begins on Friday, when hosts New Zealand take on the West Indies. 

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