Here's why Devon Conway is likely to miss the 3rd Test vs England
After losing the first two matches of the three-match Test series, New Zealand would like to end the tour on a winning note. They have already lost the series as England are leading by 2-0 with the third match to be played on June 23 at Headingley, Leeds on Thursday.
But ahead of the third and final match, the visitor dealt with another major setback. The opening batter, Devon Conway, has returned positive for COVID-19 and will undergo the madatory isolation of five days. The left-hander became the fourth member of the Black Caps' setup to test positive.
Earlier, all-rounder Michael Bracewell and support staff personnel Vijay Vallabh (physio) and Chris Donaldson (strength & conditioning) were tested positive on Wednesday. These three will travel separately from the other team members to Leeds on Sunday.
Notably, on Wednesday evening, Conway took the PCR test upon his arrival in London in order to join the team for the preparation for the next game. All four members can join the other members after completing their isolation. After that, they can join the training camp at Headingley on Tuesday.
UPDATE | Team physio Vijay Vallabh and strength & conditioning coach Chris Donaldson have also tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in London and will begin five days of isolation. No others members of the tour party have tested positive at this stage. #ENGvNZ— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 15, 2022
Earlier, the skipper, Kane Williamson, missed the second test after contacting the virus, but now he has completed his isolation and has joined the team for the final match. However, pacer Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out due to injury. Notably, the New Zealand cricket board hasn't announced any replacement for Devon Conway.
All other members of the New Zealand team returned negative and will follow the health protocols which include symptom reporting and, if necessary, testing.