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Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 in a Rapid Antigen Test

The BCCI announced on Sunday that India captain Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 in a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and has been placed in isolation ahead of the ‘fifth’ Test against England.

The Test match is set to begin on July 1 in Birmingham, and if Rohit remains in isolation for six days, either pacer Jasprit Bumrah or wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant may be asked to lead the side.

Following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Saturday, Team India Captain Rohit Sharma tested positive with COVID-19. “He is currently being treated by the BCCI Medical Team in isolation at the team hotel,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

Rohit is expected to captain the side against England in the rescheduled fifth Test match, which will begin on July 1 in Edgbaston. India now leads the series 2-1.

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The rescheduled match is part of a five-match Test series that was postponed after the fourth Test owing to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp last year.

The warm-up game will provide an opportunity for the Men in Blue to re-establish themselves in the new conditions ahead of the crucial fifth Test.

Rohit Sharma just finished his 15-year international career for India. On this day in 2007, he made his ODI debut for the national team against Ireland in Belfast. He took to social media to share a heartwarming message on completing 15 years in international cricket.

The positive test result came after the third day of play in the warm-up match against Leicestershire. He hit 25 in the first inning before sitting out the second.

R Ashwin’s arrival on the trip was already postponed when he tested positive before leaving India.

The one-off Test concludes a series that was halted last year because to a Covid-19 outbreak in the India team.

During their current Test tour, New Zealand has had to deal with a number of Covid-19 cases, while England batting coach Marcus Trescothick is missing from the Headingley match.

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