Australian captain Pat Cummins has formally been dominated out of the Adelaide Take a look at match in opposition to the West Indies, with Ashes hero Scott Boland returning to the beginning XI for the primary time since January.
Cummins didn’t bowl within the second innings of the sequence opener at Perth Stadium after sustaining a minor quad damage and has not recovered in time for the pink-ball contest within the South Australian capital, which will get underway on Thursday afternoon.
Steve Smith will captain Australia in Cummins’ absence, the second time he has led the nation since his two-year management ban expired.
“Group medical workers commenced Cummins’ restoration in Adelaide however selectors deemed there was not enough time for the quick bowler to be absolutely match for the match, which begins tomorrow,” Cricket Australian stated in a press release.
Cummins, who additionally missed final yr’s Adelaide Take a look at attributable to a Covid-19 scare, is anticipated to return for the sequence opener in opposition to South Africa in Brisbane, which commences on December 17.
Boland grew to become a family identify final summer time after taking 6/7 on Take a look at debut in opposition to England within the MCG Boxing Day Take a look at.
The Victorian seamer at present boasts a rare Take a look at bowling of 9.55, snaring 18 wickets in three Assessments final summer time.
“His confidence is up and so it ought to be,” Australian teammate Nathan Lyon stated of Boland on Tuesday.
“His talent set has all the time been on the high in my eyes. He hits me within the pad for enjoyable after I play him in state cricket.
“However what I see in Scott now’s his confidence stage has gone up just a little.”
Earlier this week, West Australia’s Lance Morris and Queensland’s Michael Neser had been rushed into Australia’s Take a look at squad as bowling reinforcement.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood bowled 45 and 43 overs respectively within the Perth Take a look at, however each are anticipated to play in Adelaide regardless of the quick turnaround.
The second Take a look at between Australia and the West Indies will get underway at Adelaide Oval on Thursday afternoon, with the primary ball scheduled for 3pm AEDT.