The second Test between West Indies and Australia witnessed an extraordinary incident when COVID-19 positive tested player, Cameron Green was inducted into the playing XI. During West Indies innings, Australia's fast bowler Josh Hazlewood jokingly gestured to keep Covid-positive Cameron Green at a distance while celebrating the dismissal of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite in their second and final Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Following the dismissal of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite on the first day of the pink-ball Test at the Gabba, Hazlewood playfully waved away Green as he approached to join in the celebration. After opting to bat, West Indies encountered a challenging period against the Australian bowlers with the new ball. West Indies skipper Kraig Brathwaite, continuing his struggles in the series, fell victim to Hazlewood for the second consecutive time. Brathwaite's innings were marked by uncertainty, featuring a couple of review calls. Ultimately, he departed after edging one to wicketkeeper Alex Carey off Hazlewood, managing just four runs.
The Australian team engaged in the customary celebration after the dismissal, with Green participating from his regular position at the gully. However, as Green is currently infected with COVID-19, he is obligated to follow social distancing protocols both on and off the field. Despite maintaining a safe distance and gesturing an 'air fist bump' without physical contact, Hazlewood humorously motioned for his teammate to stay away while joining in the celebration with the rest of the team. Notably, during the national anthems before the commencement of the second Test, Green maintained a distance from the entire team, standing a few meters away. Green had tested positive for Covid-19 just days before the start of the Gabba Test.
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McDonald and Green Tested positive for Covid
Both Cameron Green and Australia's head coach Andrew McDonald tested positive for COVID-19. In contrast, batter Travis Head, who had contracted the virus after Australia's 10-wicket win over West Indies at the Adelaide Oval, produced negative results a day before the second Test. According to Cricket Australia's protocols, both Cameron Green and Andrew McDonald were permitted to take part in the Gabba Test, despite testing positive for COVID-19.
“Cameron Green and Andrew McDonald will be separated from the group until they return a negative test. It will not hinder Green taking part in or McDonald attending the match in line with CA protocols,” Cricket Australia said in a statement according to India Today.