SL batsman Kusal Mendis tests positive for COVID-19 in Australia ahead of T20I series

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Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia ahead of the T20 International series which starts on Friday, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.

Mendis, 27, was found to have tested positive during a routine rapid antigen test (RAT) performed on Monday.

“Kusal Mendis, who is on tour with the Sri Lankan national team in Australia, has tested positive for covid-19,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

“The RAT result was confirmed after a PCR test, which was performed on the same day.”

Mendis is currently in isolation per COVID-19 protocols.

The five-match T20 series between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played from February 11-20 with the first match scheduled at the SCG.

Following the cue ball tour of Australia, the Islanders are due in India for a two-match Test and a three-match T20 series, starting on February 25, with the games spanning five days.

Earlier on January 31, unlimited pacer Nuwanthushara, part of the 20-member Sri Lankan squad for the tour of Australia, had tested positive for the virus before the team’s departure.

Dilshan Fonseka, the team’s coach, had also tested positive for the virus.

The SLC had said that both will join the campus on February 10, once the quarantine is over.

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