Ashes 2021-22: Scott Boland and Mark Steketee added to Australian Ashes team as injury insurance

Ashes 2021-22: Scott Boland and Mark Steketee have joined the Australian team in Adelaide as speed bowling covers.

Ahead of the Boxing Day test in Melbourne, Australia was missing two of their vital heart rate equipment in Adelaide. Hazlewood has returned to his home in Sydney after his Brisbane exams and missed out in Adelaide. Josh Hazlewood is suffering from a hip strain and he will now be doing rehab to regain strength for the Boxing-Day test.

Pat Cummins was in close contact with a Covid-19 patient on Wednesday. Cummins tested negative and he will now have to be quarantined for seven days. SA Health has confirmed that Cummins is in close contact. Cummins immediately began isolating after the news. Pat Cummins’ isolation will end on December 22, while the team will leave Adelaide on December 20.

Nick Hockley, CA CEO gave some updates on the Pat Cummins case.

“I think we were extremely unlucky. For Pat, it was just a case of the wrong place, the wrong time,” Hockley said.

“Thankfully we have great leaders to stand up and step in, and hopefully there’s a seven-day window and we (team Australia) will be back to full strength on Boxing Day.”

Ashes 2021-22: Mark Steketee and Scott Boland join the Australian squad

The speed duo of Mark Steketee and Scott Boland have joined the Australian squad in Adelaide. Both of them will stay as cover and will help with team training. They were part of the Australia-A team that took on the British Lions last week. Scott Boland has scored 15 goals in just two Sheffield Shield 2021-22 games, while Steketee has scored 21 goals in four games.

Australia’s current 14-man squad is only for the first two games and the new squad will be announced after the Adelaide Test. However, the Aussie team hopes that both Pat Cummins and Hazlewood will be suitable for the game. Cummins will join the team on December 22, while Hazlewood will have a late fitness test. Usman Khawaja is not in the 11th team, but David Warner’s injury concerns could allow him to keep his place.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the iconic Boxing Day Ashes competition from December 26, 2021. It is said that over 80,000 people will attend the first day of the competition. Ashes 2021-22: Scott Boland and Mark Steketee added to Australian Ashes team as injury insurance

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