Ashes 2021-22: Pat Cummins confirms Australia's playing XI for 2nd Test

Ashes 2021-22: Pat Cummins confirms Australia’s playing XI for 2nd Test

Pat Cummins also confirmed that David Warner will take the field for the 2nd rubber.

Pat Cummins and Joe Root
Pat Cummins and Joe Root. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images for Cricket Australia)

Australian skipper Pat Cummins has confirmed Australia’s playing XI for the 2nd Ashes Test match which will be played at the Adelaide Oval. With right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood ruled out of the 2nd Test match with an injury, Jhye Richardson has been announced as his replacement.

Also, there was some uncertainty surrounding opener David Warner’s availability as he was suffering from a rib injury, but Cummins has confirmed that the left-hander will take the field for the 2nd rubber.

Another concern for Australia is that Hazlewood might still not be a confirmed starter for the Boxing Day Test match that will be played at Melbourne. Meanwhile, Michael Neser continues to wait in the sidelines. The 2nd Test will be a Day-Night affair and will be played with a Pink ball.

Australia decimated England in the 1st Ashes Test

The 1st Test match was a totally one-sided contest, with the kangaroos absolutely decimating their arch-rivals inside 4 days. The England batters looked totally out of sorts, and apart from Joe Root and Dawid Malan, no other England batter could even score a half-century in the entire Test match.

And, Australia started their campaign in The Ashes with a crushing 9-wicket victory at The Gabba in Brisbane. It was a dominating performance by the hosts and a wonderful start for the kangaroos under their new leader Pat Cummins. Left-handed batter Travis Head won the Player of the Match award for his rollicking 152 in the 1st innings of the 1st Ashes Test match.

Meanwhile, Chris Silverwood, the England coach confirmed that fast bowling veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad are fit and will be available for selection for the 2nd Test.

Australia’s playing XI for 2nd Ashes Test match: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson