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Thought it was all a joke, says Richardson on coronavirus test


Australia pacer Kane Richardson has opened up about his experience of being quarantined briefly for suspected coronavirus before being negative.Richardson coronavirus test

According to the 29-year-old, he thought it was all a joke at first.

“I was at risk because I’d travelled overseas within (the previous) two weeks and I had one of the four symptoms, so that was the reason I got tested,” said Richardson on The Unplayable Podcast.

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Richardson was quarantined before the first ODI against New Zealand, and though he tested negative subsequently, he did not have to rejoin the squad as the series was eventually called of in the wake of worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

“I thought it was all a joke at the time but (the team doctor) was adamant it wasn’t.” said the first bowler, adding that he was not expecting a positive result.

“I wasn’t expecting a positive result and thankfully that’s what happened – I’m all good and I got the OK to go outside and in the fresh air again,” said Richardson.

Richardson also said that he and other Australian players are waiting to hear from Indian Premier League (IPL) about the next step, as the biggest franchise-based T20 tournament in the world was postponed due to coronavirus outbreak.

“A lot of the blokes have opinions – ‘it’s going to get cancelled’, this and that – but again it can change in a day or a week, so I’ll just sit by the phone and get ready to play for the 15th at the moment – that’s what I’m thinking.

“(The Australia squad) were all sitting around chatting about it. It’s happened out of nowhere,” he said.

A total of 17 Australian cricketers currently hold Indian Premier League contracts.

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