Amelia Kerr tests COVID positive ahead of Commonwealth Games tour

New Zealand Women’s team is for sure an undercooked unit heading into the Commonwealth Games which now are 11 days away. New Zealand’s last international appearance was during their home World Cup where they had a disappointing tournament that led them to an early exit.

 

Amelia Kerr tests COVID positive ahead of Commonwealth Games tour. PC: Getty Images
Amelia Kerr tests COVID positive ahead of Commonwealth Games tour. PC: Getty Images

 

New Zealand have now started their buildup heading into the Commonwealth Games, but first had a piece of news to deal with in Amelia Kerr testing positive for Covid on Sunday (17 July). The 21-year-old all-rounder, Amelia Kerr returned a positive result after a round of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on the team on Saturday, following which Kerr will now undergo a period of hotel isolation. Also, a statement from New Zealand Cricket confirmed it’s only Amelia Kerr who’s tested positive. The rest of the group will be continued to be tested and monitored as required.

Amelia Kerr testing positive is a big blow for the White Ferns and will wish she recovers and gains game fitness in time for the Games. Kerr bats for New Zealand in the top order and a side that’s already undercooked wouldn’t wish to afford a rusty player in the XI. Amelia Kerr as she now enters isolation is likely to miss the buildup, but hopefully, if gains match fitness should be available for the opening game. Kerr the bowler is an important aspect for the Kiwi side, but Kerr the batter is what New Zealand will want more.

After New Zealand’s long road away from the game, they are now set to train for a week in Somerset at the Millfield School and will also play a couple of games against the England A side before they fly to Birmingham for the Games later this month. Their fixtures are locked against South Africa on the 30th of July, Sri Lanka on the 2nd of August, and England on the 4th of August.

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