Pat Cummins ruled OUT of second Ashes Test over Covid scare

Shattering news for Australian cricket fans, with Aussie skipper Pat Cummins officially ruled out of the second Ashes Test.

It comes after Cummins was identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case at an Adelaide restaurant overnight.

Cricket Australia confirmed the news in a statement just hours before the second test was due to start.


“SA Health has confirmed that Cummins is a close contact and will be required to isolate for seven days,” the statement said.

“He isolated as soon as he became aware of the situation and has since had a PCR test, which produced a negative result.”

Cricket officials are hopeful Cummins will be able to return for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

With Cummins ruled out, Queenslander Michael Neser will make his Test debut.

While Steve Smith will take over the captaincy for the first time since the sandpaper scandal, with Travis Head coming in as vice-captain.

Pat Cummins said he is “gutted” to miss the Test, but confirmed he will be cheering along from isolation.

“Gutted to miss this Test but really excited to see Neser finally get his chance in the baggy green,” Cummins said.

“He has done the hard yards and is a seriously skilful player.

“Super frustrating but COVID has thrown us all some curve balls over the last couple of years. Will be cheering along!”