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Ashraf from Pakistan misses second test in Australia due to Covid

Pakistani all-rounder Faheem Ashraf will miss the second Test against Australia after testing positive for Covid-19, Pakistan’s cricket council said on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old all-rounder missed the tied first Test in Rawalpindi due to a hamstring injury.

“Ashraf tested positive for Covid-19 during his test on arrival at the Karachi team hotel,” the PCB said in a statement. “He will now undergo a five-day isolation.”

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The second Test starts on Saturday in Karachi.

Ashraf has become a Test all-rounder over the past two years, giving Pakistan some much-needed balance in both batting and bowling.

He has played 13 Tests so far, scoring 632 runs in four half-centuries and taking 22 wickets.

Ashraf is the second Pakistani player to test positive for the virus after fast bowler Haris Rauf missed the first Test for the same reason.

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Fawad Ahmed, Australian spin bowling consultant, also tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Australia will play in Pakistan for the first time in 24 years, having previously refused to tour due to security concerns.

The third test is in Lahore from March 21-25. The tourists also play three one-day internationals and a single T20I.

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