Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australian Test captain Pat Cummins had to miss out on the second Ashes Test held at the Adelaide Oval due to being in the same restaurant as a covid-infected person. He was asked to isolate for 10 days and Steve Smith was assigned captaincy duties in Cummins’ stead.

Speaking about the unfortunate incident, Cummins said that he was angry but he didn’t have anyone to blame. The covid-19 restrictions placed in Australia are quite stern and the rules are the same for everyone and must be followed.

I (was) really angry – but I don’t know who at. There was no one to blame. Once it became apparent, the state rules, you have to follow them. We knew it might pop at some stage in this series. I didn’t think – or hope – it was going to be me,” Cummins was quoted as saying by The West Australian.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (Image: Twitter)

You abide by the protocols, but there (was) hardly any COVID around, so I didn’t factor it in at all until the bloke popped up next to me and said he’s positive. No one did anything wrong. The poor guy just flew to Adelaide to try and enjoy a couple of days of cricket – I felt really bad for him as well,” Cummins added.

Pat Cummins reveals he was supposed to dine with Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon

Fellow teammates Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon were also supposed to join Pat Cummins at the restaurant. However, Cummins didn’t check his phone for 40 minutes and the duo eventually decided to have their dinner at another place.

Australian bowlers Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

They walked in angry – they kicked up a stink and sat out the back. It’s just one player, it’s slightly bigger news because it’s COVID and the captain, but it’s not the end of the world, it’s not a huge change. Then after about an hour (of watching the Test on TV), I was pretty angry, I wished I was back out there. But it was good. It was a different perspective,” Cummins added.

Currently, Australia holds a 2-0 lead in the 5-match Ashes series and can secure the Urn when the two sides meet in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

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