Shane Warne tests COVID positive, was coaching side at The Hundred
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SPORT'S - August 2, 2021

Shane Warne tests COVID positive, was coaching side at The Hundred

Spin legend Shane Warne has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in self-isolation, according to a report.

Warne, who is the head coach of ‘The Hundred’ team London Spirits, and another unnamed member of management team have gone into self-isolation, a report in ESPNcricinfo said.

According to the report, Warne reported feeling unwell on Sunday morning, ahead of Spirit’s game against Southern Brave at Lord’s.

A lateral flow test returned positive, and he is now awaiting the result of a PCR test, the report said.

None of the Spirit playing squad has been affected as of now.

The 51-year-old former Australia leg-spinner, who took 708 wickets from 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007, is the second head coach in the men’s competition to test positive for COVID-19 in the first 10 days of The Hundred.

Andy Flower, the Trent Rockets head coach, returned a positive test last weekend and has missed his side’s last three fixtures, with Paul Franks stepping into the role.

Steven Mullaney, who was deemed a close contact of Flower, is the only player in the competition to have been forced to self-isolate as things stand.

Warne’s Spirit side were win-less in their first three Hundred games, with two defeats and a no-result. They play Southern Brave at Lord’s on Sunday.

David Ripley, the Northamptonshire head coach and one of the Spirit’s assistants, will act as head coach in Warne’s absence.  

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