Pat Cummins ruled out of the Adelaide Test after Covid-19 scare, Steve Smith will lead Australia and Michael Neser to debut


Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the Adelaide Test after being confirmed as a close contact to a positive COVID case.

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Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed the skipper will miss the match despite 11th hour attempts to accelerate his test.

Cummins attended a restaurant in Adelaide on Wednesday evening with another professional cricketer, while a person who has been identified as Covid-19 positive was sitting at the next table.

“Cummins is understandably very disappointed not to be able to captain Australia for the day-night Test in Adelaide,” the statement from CA read.

Cummins has had a PCR test which produced a negative result but has been deemed a close contact by SA Health and is required to isolate for seven days.

CA said in a statement it anticipates Cummins will be available to play in the third Test in Melbourne.

Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon were also dining at the same restaurant as Cummins but at a seperate table outdoors.

They have been deemed casual contacts and are free to play.

Cummins tweeted he was “gutted” to be missing the match and threw his support behind Michael Neser.

Neser has been told he will come in to debut, while Steve Smith will be captain for the first time since Cape Town.

Travis Head has been appointed vice-captain in Cummins’ absence.


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