Pat Cummins eliminated from Test 2 with West Indies, Steve Smith becomes Australia captain | Cricket News

ADELAIDE (Australia): Steve Smith the captain will Australia in the second test against West Indies after the captain Pat Cummins was ruled out through injury on Wednesday, with Scott Boland replacing him.
The speed spike was having a slight thigh problem and was unsuccessful in the final two days of the Inaugural Test in Perth, which Australia won by 164 runs.
Cummins has expressed confidence in health for the second Adelaide Day Test which begins on Thursday but has not recovered in time.
“Team medical staff have begun Cummins’ recovery in Adelaide but selectors consider that there is not enough time for the agile pitcher to be fully fit for the match.” Baseball Australia said.
Cummins also missed last year’s Adelaide Test against England as a close contact of Covid-19, with vice-captain Smith also taking the place of captain on that occasion.
Boland played in the Ashes campaign but was omitted on consecutive overseas tours this year.
Australia play five Tests this summer, with three against South Africa after the West Indies, and face a huge 2023, with the Australian captain on Sunday saying he is aware he has left lots of bowling ahead.
“It’s definitely been part of the thought process over the past few days,” Cummins said. I really don’t want to turn a player who’s been training a week into a three or four week injury and potentially miss the summer.”

He is expected to return for the opening match against South Africa in Brisbane later this month.
Even without Cummins bowling in the second half of the West Indies in Perth, Australia played too well, with Nathan Lyon shouldering the burden, finishing 6-128 despite the racket providing little benefit for the team. cameraman.
They enter this week’s clash with an ominous record in the Pink Ball Tests, having won all nine games they have contested — six of them at the Adelaide Oval.
The West Indies have their own injury worries, with first-placer Nkrumah Bonner suffering a concussion in Perth. It is not clear if he will be able to play this week.
Their speed attack is also struggling, with Kyle Mayers (shoulder strain) failing to do well in Perth’s second half while Kemar Roach limps away with a hamstring injury and Jayden Seales is battling it out. Struggling with knee pain.
Anderson Phillip is the first-choice reserve pitcher, but the untrained Marquino Mindley could also compete after arriving in Adelaide from his hometown on Tuesday as a guard.
“You still have to stay positive,” West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick told reporters.
“We’re playing against the best team in the world, and we just want to grind, fight and stay in the fight for as long as possible.”


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