Australian test hitter Travis Head tested positive for COVID-19 after a routine PCR test.
Head is asymptomatic and will remain in Melbourne and isolated with his partner for seven days.
It will not be available for selection for the fourth ash test, which will begin in Sydney on January 5.
The rest of the Australian squad, their families and support personnel underwent PCR and rapid tests this morning, and the Australian and England squads are expected to travel separately to Sydney as planned today.
Mitchell Marsh, Nic Maddinson and Josh Inglis have joined the Australian team.
“As part of our testing procedures, we are PCR test players, their families and our support staff every day. Unfortunately, Travis tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today,” said a Cricket Australia spokesperson. .
“Fortunately, he is asymptomatic at this stage. We anticipate that he will be available to play in Ashes’ fifth men’s event in Hobart.”
Head stood out in the first test at the Gabba, scoring 152 of 148 balls. He then went on to score 18 and 51 in Adelaide, then 27 in Melbourne, bringing his series average to 62.
More to come.