'Tested positive': Mike Hussey in Covid-19 bombshell at IPL

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
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Mike Hussey, pictured here in his role as the batting coach for Chennai Super Kings.
Mike Hussey has been working as the batting coach for Chennai Super Kings. Image: IPL/Getty

Aussie cricket great Mike Hussey has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 in India.

According to media reports in India, Hussey's positive test came back on Tuesday.

Hussey has been working as the batting coach for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

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He is now said to be undergoing a second test.

"Hussey tested positive. But his samples are being redone," a team source told The Times of India.

"Hopefully, the report will come negative."

Hussey played 79 Test matches for Australia, scoring over 6000 runs.

He also played 185 one-day internationals for his country before starting a career in the media.

Mike Hussey, pictured here with Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne in 2019.
Mike Hussey (R) alongside Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne during the second Test between Australia and New Zealand in 2019. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Hussey, star batsman Steve Smith and other Australian cricketers are stranded in India after the IPL was suspended on Tuesday amid a widening coronavirus outbreak.

A senior Indian cricket board official reportedly told Reuters that nationals of other countries playing in the IPL began flying home on Tuesday night.

"We have been working on their travel plans in consultation with their respective boards so that each of them reach home safely," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said requesting anonymity.

"Some of them will return home tomorrow."

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Aussies stranded in India due to travel ban

But about 40 Australians at the tournament cannot return to Australia until at least May 15 because of a controversial ban by Prime Minister Scott Morrison's federal government.

Cricket Australia and the players union, the Australian Cricketers' Association, say they won't seek exemptions from the government ban.

The competition was called off indefinitely after a fourth franchise from the lucrative Twenty20 tournament reported a positive COVID-19 test.

The captain of Smith's Delhi Capitals - coached by Australian great Ricky Ponting - has tested positive.

Delhi skipper Amit Mishra's positive test has forced Smith, his Australian teammate Marcus Stoinis and compatriots Ponting and bowling coach James Hopes into isolation.

Australians David Warner and Mitchell Marsh will also be isolated after the wicketkeeper at their franchise, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, tested positive.

Fellow countrymen Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting and assistant coach David Hussey, all at the Kolkata Knight Riders, had already been isolating after two players at their outfit tested positive.

Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is also caught up in the outbreak with three staffers at his Chennai Super Kings testing positive, and, reportedly, Michael Hussey.

The halt to the competition came as Indian society buckles with more than 20 million COVID-19 cases and more than 220,000 deaths from the virus.

The BCCI said it would do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.

But Australia's cricketers and staffers will be forced to remain due to a ban on returning Australians, with India's coronavirus count averaging almost 400,000 new cases daily.

Morrison said on Tuesday the latest figures of coronavirus-positive cases in passengers coming out of India demanded the government pause flights.

with AAP

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