Australian all-rounder Marsh hospitalised with Covid during IPL participation

Australia star Mitchell Marsh has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid while featuring in the IPL.

Marsh is playing for Delhi Capitals in the tournament and made his first appearance in a 16-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday, having initially been sidelined by a hip injury. However, Marsh later tested positive for the virus, becoming the third member of the Capitals camp to do so after physio Patrick Farhart and another member of the support staff.

And the all-rounder has now been admitted to hospital, with a statement from the franchise reading: "Delhi Capitals all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has tested positive for COVID-19, following which he has been admitted to a hospital.

"The Delhi Capitals medical team is closely monitoring Marsh's condition. A few more members from the Delhi Capitals bio-bubble, including support staff members, have returned positive tests as well.

"Though they are all asymptomatic, their condition is being monitored closely by the franchise. All remaining members of the bubble are currently in isolation in their respective rooms, and will be tested regularly."

A separate statement from Cricket Australia read: "The Delhi Capitals have confirmed Mitchell Marsh is in hospital recovering. All contracted Australian players are currently on leave and are participating in the IPL with approval from Cricket Australia.

"CA medical staff will be in contact with DC and are assured he is in the best of care as he recovers." It has also been announced that Capitals' upcoming game against Punjab Kings on Wednesday has been moved from Pune to Mumbai as a result of the outbreak.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah said the change was made to "avoid any further incident due to any undetected case during a long-distance bus journey in a closed environment". Marsh is the son of former Australia opener Geoff and his older brother Shaun has also represented the national team.

In November last year, he was named player of the match in the T20 World Cup final after striking an unbeaten 77 to lead Australia to their first tournament win. He has made a total of 131 appearances for Australia across all three formats.

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