Cricket fans rally around Shane Warne after shock Covid-19 news

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Shane Warne, pictured here speaking to the media at the MCG in 2020.
Shane Warne speaks to the media at the MCG in 2020. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

The cricket world is sending well-wishes to Shane Warne after the Aussie legend tested positive for Covid-19.

Warne is currently in England coaching the London Spirit in the new limited-overs competition The Hundred.

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He has missed the Spirit's clash with Southern Brave on Sunday after he was one of two members of the team's coaching staff to test positive.

The former Australia spinner is the head coach of the men's team for the Lord's-based franchise.

However he was forced to sit out Sunday's match after feeling unwell.

A club statement read: "London Spirit men's head coach Shane Warne will be absent from today's match against Southern Brave at Lord's.

"After feeling unwell this morning, Shane returned a positive lateral flow test and will isolate from the squad and support staff whilst he awaits PCR results.

"A second member of the team management is self-isolating after also returning a positive test.

"No players have been impacted."

Warne is now awaiting the results of a PCR test to detect the level of coronavirus in his body.

The 51-year-old recently praised the UK for “learning to live” with coronavirus.

“I’ve been here for a few weeks and the country just opened up and they’re having 50,000 odd cases a day but they’re learning to live with it,” Warne told Sky News Australia.

“It’s been really interesting to watch how they’ve done it ... it’s a very interesting time over here and watching how it all works.

“I think it’s just a matter of getting on with it, get you double vax and get on and learn to live with it.

“No one over here wants to be locked down down anymore ... it’s been so tough, I think they’ve just said enough’s enough.”

Shane Warne, pictured here before a match in The Hundred.
Shane Warne (R) looks on before a match in The Hundred. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, Southern Brave's Aussie bowler Amanda-Jade Wellington produced the best bowling figures by a spinner in The Hundred as her side steamrollered London Spirit in the women's competition to go top of the table.

The Australian leg-spinner took 4-14 from her 20 balls, and also effected a run-out, to set up Brave's fourth straight victory, as they skittled Spirit for just 93 at Lord's on Sunday.

That total, the joint-lowest in the tournament so far, would have been even more modest had Brave not conceded an astonishing 25 wides, with Tammy Beaumont - who hit 34 from 45 balls - the only London batter to reach double figures.

Stafanie Taylor then struck an undefeated 29 from 32 as Brave chased down the target with eight deliveries to spare.

Spirit immediately found themselves on the back foot after being put in, with opener Naomi Dattani dispatched cheaply by Wellington's clinical pick-up and direct hit from mid-on.

The home side sank deep into trouble at 4-43 when Wellington struck twice in as many balls, having Heather Knight caught at mid-off before Deepti Sharma lost her balance stretching to reach a wide and was stumped by Carla Rudd without facing a legitimate delivery.

Although Chloe Tryon and Beaumont staged a mini-recovery with their stand of 29 from 24, Brave continued to take wickets regularly as Wellington returned to dismiss Beaumont - caught off a leading edge - and Amara Carr.

with AAP

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