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Kane Richardson undergoes test for coronavirus; Sean Abbott called up as back-up
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Kane Richardson undergoes test for coronavirus; Sean Abbott called up as back-up

Kane Richardson has been withdrawn from the Australia squad to test for the novel coronavirus after he reported sore throat on the eve of the first ODI against New Zealand.

The right-arm seamer has been isolated for the time being until the results of the test arrive. In the event that Richardson tests positive for the virus, he will be replaced with Sean Abbott.

Richardson was part of Australia's limited-overs squad that toured South Africa recently. The 29-year-old is expected to be fit with no serious concern over him contracting the COVID-19.

"Our medical staff are treating this as a typical throat infection but we are following Australian government protocols that require us to keep Kane away from other members of the squad and perform the appropriate tests given he has returned from international travel in the last 14 days," a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.

"Once we receive the results of the tests and Kane recovers in the next few days we expect he will re-join the team."

Ahead of the first match between the trans-Tasman rivals in Sydney, Cricket Australia decided that the home series against New Zealand will be conducted behind closed doors to reduce the spread of coronavirus.