Prior to their visit to Sri Lanka later this month, Australia has experienced a setback.
After contracting Covid-19 on Tuesday, Australia coach Andrew McDonald will miss the start of his team’s trip of Sri Lanka.
McDonald tested positive for the virus on Tuesday afternoon and will be unable to go to Sri Lanka with the rest of the team this week due to a seven-day quarantine in Melbourne.
As a result, assistant coach Michael Di Venuto will lead the team for the series’ first T20I on June 7 in Colombo, with McDonald expected to join the rest of the squad for the series’ second match on June 8 at the same location.
Prior to the Sri Lanka visit, Australia revealed a new coaching setup for the series, with Kiwi great Daniel Vettori and highly-rated cricketing brain Andre Borovec named as full-time assistants to McDonald.
McDonald stated last week, “I have previously worked with Daniel and could not speak more highly of his approach, work ethic, and rapport he provides.”
“His background and well-balanced approach are well-documented. He’ll be a terrific addition to the team and will provide a wealth of experience.
“When Andre was involved as a highly talented and experienced high performance coach, he was excellent for the group.
“He is a cultural fit for our high-performance specialists and provides the talents to complement them.”
The duo will begin their jobs ahead of the Test series, which begins on June 29, with former Test seamer Clint McKay and spin coach Sri Sriram assisting Di Venuto throughout the white-ball portion of the series.