Nortje Joins DC Camp After ‘False Positive’ COVID-19 Test

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Delhi Capitals’ fast bowler Anrich Nortje is available for selection against Punjab Kings, their next match, after he tested negative for COVID-19.

Nortje will have his first training session on Friday. He had arrived on 6 April and missed the first two Delhi games as he tested positive for COVID-19 during his quarantine period. Nortje and Kagiso Rabada were the two players from the Delhi camp who flew in from South Africa after playing against Pakistan.

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DC confirmed that Nortje was false positive in the initial round of testing following the end of his quarantine period.

"He's here. Our pace superstar is now out of quarantine. After a false positive result for COVID-19, Anrich Nortje tested negative thrice, and is now part of our team bubble. We can't wait to see him in action #YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 @AnrichNortje02 @TajMahalMumbai," the DC wrote on their official Twitter profile.

Apart from Nortje, Axar Patel is the other Delhi player affected by COVID-19.

Earlier, in the week Delhi lost against Rajasthan Royals as Chris Morris played a blinder in the home stretch to take his side over the line.

Delhi Capitals (DC) coach Ricky Ponting, in the post-match press conference, said that not letting Ashwin to bowl his full quota of overs against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) was a mistake and something that he will talk to captain Rishabh Pant and the rest of the team about.

"That's certainly something that we will talk about when I get a chance to sit down with the team," Ponting said in a press conference after the match, which DC lost by three wickets with two balls remaining.

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