The Ashes, 2nd Check: Australia Captain Pat Cummins Out Of 2nd Check After Covid Contact, Steve Smith To Lead

AUS vs ENG: Australia will probably be led by Steve Smith within the 2nd Ashes Check after Pat Cummins was dominated out.© AFP

Australia have been reeling Thursday after captain Pat Cummins was dominated out simply hours earlier than the second Ashes Check towards England for being an in depth contact of a optimistic Covid-19 case. The world’s primary quick bowler was at an Adelaide restaurant on Wednesday night when an individual on the neighbouring desk was recognized as optimistic for coronavirus. Cummins remoted when he grew to become conscious of the scenario and has since returned a destructive Covid take a look at. However below South Australia’s strict bio-security guidelines he should now isolate for seven days, that means Steve Smith will captain the facet for the primary time since a ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

“Cummins is understandably very disillusioned not to have the ability to captain Australia for the day-night Check in Adelaide,” mentioned Cricket Australia.

“We anticipate that he will probably be out there to play within the third males’s Ashes Check on the MCG in Melbourne (on December 26).”

Smith was axed as captain in shame over his half within the 2018 “Sandpaper-gate” fiasco in South Africa.

Travis Head, who scored a rollicking century in Australia’s nine-wicket win on the first Check in Brisbane, takes over as vice-captain on his residence floor, whereas Michael Neser.netes in a substitute bowler.

Neser was picked in Australia’s 2019 Ashes squad however has but to make the Check staff, with Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc main the best way.

The scenario might have been a lot worse for Australia with Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon eating in the identical restaurant, however at a separate desk outdoor.

“SA Well being has deemed them informal contacts and they’re free to play,” Cricket Australia mentioned.


Cummins’ absence is be an enormous blow for the house staff who’re already with out Hazlewood, who has a facet pressure.

He performed his first Check as captain in Brisbane final week after assuming the function when Tim Paine resigned over a text-message scandal.

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