Andrew McDonald, Australia’s new head coach, will miss the first half of the Sri Lanka trip after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, a day before the team’s departure for the island country. The Australian T20 team will depart for Sri Lanka on Wednesday without their head coach, who will be held in isolation for seven days in Melbourne.

Until McDonald joins the team, which is expected to be in Colombo ahead of the second T20, assistant coach Michael Di Venuto will serve as acting coach. In their first visit to Sri Lanka in six years, Australia will play three T20Is, five ODIs, and two Tests. The trip will get off on June 7 in Colombo with the opening T20I.

McDonald was hired as Australia’s full-time head coach after Justin Langer’s departure, and this trip to Sri Lanka would be his first assignment. He led the team on a successful visit to Pakistan earlier this year as temporary coach.

Australia will go to Sri Lanka with a revamped backroom staff, including three new assistant coaches, a new physiotherapist, and a new psychologist. Clint McKay, a former Test and Victoria seamer, will join Di Venuto and spin coach Sri Sriram on the coaching team for the T20 and ODI portions of the trip.

Daniel Vettori, a New Zealand legend, and Andre Borovec, a former Victoria and Melbourne Renegades assistant coach, will then take over as full-time assistant coaches for the two-test series in Galle, which starts on June 29.