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Michael Bracewell, a New Zealand all-rounder, has tested positive for COVID-19

Following England’s resounding victory over New Zealand in the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Kiwi all-rounder Michael Bracewell tested positive for the new coronavirus on Wednesday (June 15), a day after the second Test was completed. Bracewell was a member of the New Zealand team’s playing lineup.

Bracewell made his debut in the second Test but came up short as the hosts defeated the visitors by five wickets on the last day. Bracewell is the second member of the squad to test positive for the Covid-19 virus, following captain Kane Williamson. As a result, the skipper was forced to withdraw from the second Test, and the squad was led by Tom Latham in his absence.

When the news broke, the rest of the New Zealand squad promptly did a rapid antigen test to discover if there was a larger spread inside the group. Bracewell will now be isolated for five days to recover from the infection before returning for the third and final Test match at Headingly in Leeds, which is slated to begin on Thursday, June 23.

In terms of how the series has progressed thus far, England won the first Test at Lord’s, marking a significant comeback in the conventional style of the game. The English side had won just one of their previous 17 Test matches and was at the bottom of the WTC points table before facing the current World Test Champions for the first time.

However, thanks to the two-game centurions- Joe Root, Ollie Pope, and Jonny Bairstow- England sealed a series victory against New Zealand by winning the opening two games of the three-match series. Root’s century had helped England win the first Test, and he hit another century in the opening innings of the second Test to keep his hot streak going.

On the other side, Ollie Pope joined him in the celebrations by scoring a century in the first innings, and the final day of the second Test finished with Jonny Bairstow becoming the second-fastest English hitter to score a century, doing so in 77 deliveries. His innings were followed by skipper Ben Stokes’ outstanding 70-ball 75* as England won the series in style.