Australian batter Peter Handscomb tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday 11 July, forcing him to miss a county game against Leicestershire. The 30-year-old has led Middlesex this season in the County Championship.
Peter Handscomb is currently isolating himself and in his absence Irish cricketer Tim Murtagh has taken over the responsibilities of leading the team in this Group 2 match.
“Irishman Tim Murtagh stepped in to replace Handscomb as skipper as Middlesex finished day one of the clash with Leicestershire at 3-280,” a report said in “The West Australian”.
Middlesex won the draw and chose to strike first in this game and was quite impressive on day one of the four-day game. Sam Robson led the charge with a brilliant century of unbeaten beating at the end of Day 1 while New Zealander Daryl Mitchell scored 38 points. Edward Barnes, Abidine Sakande and Ben Mike have each taken a wicket so far.
Peter Handscomb’s struggles with form
Peter Handscomb hasn’t had a good run with the bat lately. The Melbourne-born cricketer last donned the Australian colors two years ago in his country’s semi-final loss to England at the 2019 ICC World Cup. Since then, a series of poor performances at the highest level have systematically neglected it by the national team coaches.
Peter Handscomb has also had his fair share of struggles in the County Championship. He struggled to inspire his troops from the front and failed to surpass the 50-point mark in his last 13 innings for the team. Handscomb has caught a duck three times, scoring just 36 in those 13 innings.
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Middlesex is currently languishing at the bottom of the Group 2 points table with just one win in nine matches. They have just 63 points under their belt, 44 points lower than Leicestershire, who are a place above them in the table. For now, Somerset is in first place in Group 2 with 134 points (4 wins in 9 games) while Gloucestershire is second with 129 points (5 wins in 9 games).