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Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins will return for the Boxing Day Test beginning at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on December 26.
Newly appointed Test captain Cummins was ruled out of the Adelaide Test after coming in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
Cummins was replaced by Michael Neser in the Playing XI, however, it was confirmed that Cummins will not have to continue his COVID-related isolation in Sydney and will resume training for the third Test.
"Cummins, who has tested negative to the virus, can mix with family but only in small groups while being urged to avoid any highly populated location, particularly indoors,”
“But being able to train and do fitness work is a bonus for the fast bowler who would have been contained to a hotel room for seven days had he remained in Adelaide," wrote cricket.com.au on Saturday.
This is a huge boost for the Australian side as the fitness of Josh Hazlewood is also a concern. The Boxing Day test will start from 26 December 2021 at the MCG. Neser is playing instead of Cummins in Adelaide, whereas Richardson is playing for Josh Hazlewood.