Australia captain Pat Cummins OUT of the second Ashes Test vs England after restaurant patron tests positive for covid

Australia captain Pat Cummins in DOUBT for the second Ashes Test vs England after Covid scare

Australia captain Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test after a patron at a restaurant tested positive for him.

The pacer had gone out for dinner in Adelaide on Wednesday and a customer was found positive at the table next to him.

Australia captain Pat Cummins ruled out of second Ashes Test


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Cummins broke no protocol and left the venue immediately before Cricket Australia could contact him.

He has since been isolated and returned a negative test – however, he will still need to isolate for seven days, ruling him out for a second test.

The 28-year-old star is expected to play in the third Test, with Michael Nesar joining the squad and Steve Smith as the captain in his absence.

A statement said the bowler was “extremely disappointed” with the situation.

Teammates Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon were at the same restaurant at night, but were seated at a different table.

He has been cleared to play.

Rated as the top bowler in the game, Cummins took seven wickets in the first Test, including an impressive five in the first innings.

Ahead of the second Test, the new Australian captain admitted that he was determined to have a private tutorial before the end of the Ashes series.

Cummins admitted: “I haven’t chosen his mind about bowling yet, but I would love to.

“Jimmy is just brilliant – the leading wicket-taker for over 150 Test matches and England.

“Longevity is really impressive. As a fast bowler you get niggles and injuries and he has been battling it non-stop for almost two decades.

“It just shows that it’s possible to bowl in your late 30s and still be on top of your game. He brings experience and class to their side and is always a challenge.”


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