Australia has suffered a major blow going into the second test Ashes as their new captain Pat Cummins has been ruled out for coming in close contact with a Covid case. The captain was reportedly had dinner with an individual on Wednesday evening. The person sitting next to the table was identified as a positive coronavirus case.
It was reported that Pat Cummins did not take any more minutes and immediately left the place and informed Cricket Australia immediately who decided to leave the skipper out due to the Covid scare. In the absence of Pat Cummins, Steve Smith has been given the responsibility to lead the side. Smith who is the vice-captain was stripped off from their leadership role in 2018 because of his involvement in the sandpaper scandal.
Australia has some workaround to do now as they are already without their pacer Josh Hazelwood who had been in good form. Jhye Richardson is the replacement announced earlier by Pat Cummins.
Michael Neser to debut
Neser was also in the contention as the replacement of Hazlewood but the selectors went with Jhye Richardson who has extra pace. Neser on the other hand is known was his good swinging abilities in the English-like conditions.
According to Cricket Australia, “Pat Cummins isolated as soon as he became aware of the situation and has since had a PCR test, which produced a negative result.”
The pacer who has a dream start to his captaincy is expected to be with the team from the third test after completing the mandatory seven days isolation. Cummins has undergone the PCR test, and the result has come out negative. The report also stated that Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon were also at the same restaurant however the duo was with non-positive people which is why both players will be allowed to participate in the second match at Adelaide.
Australia had demolished England in the Ashes opener. The visiting side won the toss but opted for bat on a pitch which turned out seamer-friendly. England is expected to produce a better show in the Pink-ball day-night test match due to the return of Anderson and Broad who share more than 1100 wickets between them.