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Aussie skipper's COVID-19 blow on eve of series

Australian captain Mitchell Marsh has come down with COVID-19 on the eve of the Twenty20 series opener.

Marsh will don the armband for the short-form series against the West Indies, with several of the Aussie big guns having a rest before a tour of New Zealand.

But Cricket Australia revealed on Thursday the skipper has tested positive for the virus, making it three cases in as many weeks for the camp.

Cameron Green and Josh Inglis have also tested positive in recent weeks, but both were able to play regardless.

Marsh, too, will line up in Hobart on Friday despite his positive test.

Special COVID-19 protocols only dictate the infected player must distance themselves from teammates and staff before and during the contest.

Marsh will still captain the team, although it’s unclear if he will have to distance himself from the toss before play – and he won’t be able to shake the opposing skipper’s hand.

Marsh will also have to use a different dressing room during the match and will only be able to address his players from a distance.

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