SIX vs STR: In a massive breaking news, Sydney Sixers premier wicket-keeper batsman Josh Philippe has tested positive for Covid-19 which has ruled him out for today’s Big Bash League T20 Challenger encounter against the Adelaide Strikers. The Challenger match of BBL 2021-22 season is scheduled to take place on 26 January at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. The winner of this game will be facing the Perth Scorchers in the grand finale of Big Bash League T20 on 28 January, 2022 in Melbourne.
In a massive blow ahead of the important game, Sydney Sixers wicket-keeper batter Josh Philippe tested positive for COVID-19 on 26 January (Wednesday) and thus, he will now be placed in isolation alongside his teammates Jack Edwards and Mickey Edwards who also got infected by the virus last week. Philippe will have spend a minimum of 7 days in quarantine and thus, he will not be available even for the Big Bash League T20 2021-22 finals, if Sydney Sixers qualify. In his absence, Jay Lenton has been drafted as the replacement wicket-keeper batsman in the squad.
Josh Philippe had performed fabulously well in the ongoing edition of the T20 tournament so far having smashed a remarkable tally of 429 runs from 15 matches that included as many as four half-centuries. Also, Daniel Hughes has been added to the 14-member squad announced by the Sydney Sixers for their game against Adelaide Strikers.
“Missing from the squad is star opener/wicketkeeper, who earlier today returned a positive Covid-19 diagnosis, with that news following the positive Covid-19 diagnosis received by Jack and Mickey Edwards last week. All three players are in isolation as they recover.” said an official statement released by Sydney Sixers.
The Sydney Sixers were also not helped either by Cricket Australia (CA) as they refused senior batsman Steve Smith to play in the final stages of the Big Bash League T20 2021-22 season.
“I think it’s an absolute joke that our best players in Australian cricket are being ruled out of playing ODIs, so they should be available to play Big Bash,” said Nathan Lyon on Steve Smith not being allowed to Play BBL 2021-22 season.
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