Mel McLaughlin has revealed herself as the member of Channel 7’s cricket coverage who tested positive for Covid-19 during the third ash test.
Channel 7 revealed on December 27 that a member of its Ashes cricket coverage had tested positive, forcing several commenters to isolate themselves until they received a negative result.
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As a result, the network was forced to use its second set of commentators on the second morning of the Boxing Day test.
“Seven is activating its COVID measures to ensure the health and safety of all staff, as well as the community at large, and is working in accordance with all relevant guidelines and regulations,” a statement said.
“There have been a number of changes to today’s production schedule, which will be led by Alistair Nicholson, Andy Maher and Jason Richardson with expert commentary from Lisa Sthalekar, Brad Hodge, Callum Ferguson, Michael Atherton and Dirk Nannes.
“Seven’s number one priority is the health, safety and well-being of all staff and the community.”
McLaughlin has since revealed that she was the mysterious member of the commentary team who tested positive, saying she was “shocked” when she received the diagnosis.
“I was diagnosed on the 26th,” he said. News Corp.
“I am doubly vaccinated, I had received the booster shot, I was producing negative daily rapid tests and then on the night of Boxing Day my PCR test was positive and my dream concert of organizing the Boxing Day test was over.” .
The 42-year-old said she was ill for a couple of days, with symptoms including “runny nose” and “chills.”
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Meanwhile, Travis Head’s Covid-19 Diagnosis, prompting further disruption from Ashes and a lot of anxiety in Cricket Australia ahead of Test 4 starting on January 5, has put Usman Khawaja on the cusp of a call-up.
Australia’s selectors selected Mitch Marsh, Nic Maddinson and aspiring rookie Josh Inglis to an expanded squad on Friday, fearing more coronavirus cases emerging in the coming days.
Starter Marcus Harris stayed in Melbourne as a precaution after dining with Head on Wednesday, but has since tested negative.
Team President George Bailey and Head Coach Justin Langer can look to the future when deciding on their XI.
However, if that happens, Khawaja would have every right to feel aggrieved given that he has served as a backup hitter on the team all summer.
The potential for more positive cases to occur among Australia’s players, families and support staff looms large after everyone in the touring group underwent PCR and RAT tests on Friday morning.
CA is determined to go ahead with this summer’s schedule as planned despite a backdrop of cases in both squads, and more than 22,000 Covid-19 cases reported by NSW Health on New Years Day.
Head, who was man of the match in the hosts’ series opener win at the Gabba, is asymptomatic but will spend seven days isolated in Melbourne with his teammate.
The South Australian should be available for the series finale in Hobart, which begins on January 14.
Australia and England were scheduled to fly to Sydney together, but a late change in arrangements meant they boarded separate charter flights.
The UK tour group reported no new COVID-19 cases on Friday, meaning its outbreak is still limited to three support staff and four family members.
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