Australian hitter Peter Handscombe tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday (July 11), forcing him to miss the county match against Leicestershire. The 30-year-old captained Middlesex this season in the county championship. Peter Handscombe is isolating himself and in his absence Irish cricketer Tim Murtaugh took over the team captain responsibilities for this second group match. “Irish Tim Murtagh stepped up to fill Handscombe as captain as Middlesex finished the first day of the standoff with Leicestershire at 3-280,” said a report in Western Australia. Middlesex won the throw and picked the racket first in this match and was impressive on the opening day of the four-day match. Sam Robson led the attack with a superb undefeated horn at the end of the match on day one while New Zealander Daryl Mitchell scored 38 points. Edward Barnes, Abdeen Sekandi and Ben Mike have all picked up one lot each so far. The Melbourne-born cricketer last wore the Australian colors two years ago in the semi-final match against England at the 2019 FIFA World Cup. A string of poor performances at the highest level since then has resulted in him being consistently overlooked by both national teams, and Peter Handscomb has had his fair share of struggles in the County Championship, too. He struggled to inspire his forces from the front and failed to cross the 50 mark in his last 13 runs with the team. Handcombe has ducked on three occasions, with a high score of just 36 in those 13 innings. IND vs SL 2021: Team India running out of practice across all divisions Middlesex are currently at the bottom of the points table in Group 2 with just one win from nine matches. They have just 63 points to their name, 44 points less than Leicestershire, which beats them by one point in the table. At the moment, Somerset is in first place in Group B with 134 points (4 wins in 9 matches) while Gloucestershire is second with 129 points (5 wins in 9 matches). Log in to answer.