Adelaide, Australia (AP) – Australia captain and fast bowler Pat Cummins could miss the second Ashes Test as Cricket Australia investigates whether Cummins had a COVID-19 infection in the evening before the start of the day-night match. -19 has been identified as a close contact of the case. At the Adelaide Oval.
Local media reported that Cummins was at dinner at an Adelaide restaurant on Wednesday night when a man at an adjacent table was identified as a positive coronavirus case. Cummins reportedly immediately left the restaurant and alerted Cricket Australia officials.
CA was unable to comment when contacted on Thursday but is looking into the matter and whether Cummins can replace him against England.
The players are also in a strict quarantine bubble for the Adelaide Test and there was no suggestion that Cummins had broken any protocol.
If Cummins is out. Vice-captain Steve Smith will captain Australia for the first time since the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
Michael Neser – who lost to Jhye Richardson to replace injured Josh Hazlewood – would be expected to make his Test debut if Cummins was unavailable.
Cummins’ absence with Hazlewood would be a major setback for Australia, as the world’s top-order Test bowler Hazlewood claimed a five-wicket haul in Australia’s opening nine-wicket haul of the series at the Gabba.
Adelaide has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases over the past week, with 25 on Wednesday reporting the most in a single day in more than 18 months.
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