Pat Cummins ruled out of second Ashes test

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Steven Smith to captain in Absence of Pat Cummins

Adelaide – Australian pacer Michael Neser replaces Pat Cummins in the second Ashes test match against England at the Adelaide Oval. On Thursday, just before the game, the announcement was made by Cricket Australia. 

Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the second Ashes pink ball test match because he came across a close contact who came across a person who tested Covid positive last night according to ANI and the official statement of Cricket Australia.

The official statement by cricket Australia also mentioned that Cummins has tested negative, but because he came in close contact with a COVID positive person, he has to isolate himself for at least seven days. 

The statement specified that Cummins was dining in a restaurant and hadn’t breached biosecurity protocols.

Skipper Pat Cummins announced that he wouldn’t be playing the pink ball day-night match on his social media, but he is excited to see Neser finally debuting for Australia.

Alongside Steve Smith, Travis head will be the vice-captain for the second game. The 31-year debutant Neser replaced captain Cummins and the young speedster Jhye Richardson replaced Josh Hazelwood. 

Australia thrashed England in the first Test at Gabba. Now for team England, James Anderson and Stuart Broad are back into the playing XI. The playing XI of both the teams is as follows.