Ashes 2021-22: Australia v England second Test, day one – live!

Hello from Adelaide! Just a quiet, uneventful morning, the long build-up to an afternoon Test match…

No, who am I kidding. The Australian captain has been close-contacted out of the match thanks to South Australia’s rules. Patrick Cummins was out to dinner last night, Australian time. I’m reliably informed it was at the Little Hunter Steakhouse. They have a home-made royal blue potato gnocchi that looks worth a lockdown. Someone at the next table then got a health department message that they had tested positive for Covid, and told the diners around them. Which meant that Cummins was now a close contact. (Phone check-in data would have pinged him on this anyway, but maybe not for a few more days.)

So, protocol says he has to isolate for seven days. He can’t play here. Michael Neser will make his long-delayed Test debut. And Steven Smith is now captaining Australia once again.