Cummins out, Boland in, Smith leads squad after thigh injury rules captain misses second Test

Australia coaches have resisted the temptation to rush young speedster Lance Morris into the squad for the second Test with Scott Boland named to return to the side against West Indies in Adelaide after Pat Cummins was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Boland will be playing his fourth Test match for Australia after winning 18 wickets at an astonishing average of 9.55 in his Ashes fairy tale.

Cummins suffered a quadriceps strain suffered in the opening round of the big win in Perth. Vice-captain Steve Smith will therefore lead the team, coincidentally from the same place where he took the role last year when COVID protocols prevented Cummins from playing against England.

Boland took 6-7 at the MCG as the now 33-year-old Victorian made one of the most memorable Test debuts in Ashes history last summer.

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Australia coaches have decided there isn’t enough time for Cummins to be fully fit for today’s night, but he should be fit to play against South Africa in Brisbane, which starts next Saturday .

Western Australia’s 24-year-old bolter Morris and Queensland veteran Michael Neser are part of the expanded squad to replace Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood if coaches want to give them a break after a heavy workload in Perth .

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The top wicket-taker in the Shield arena this summer, Morris’ 27 scalps at 18.4 – combined with his ability to play around the ballpark at 150 mph – make him an enticing prospect.

Morris pocketed 3-22 to nearly lead WA to a win in their rain-shortened match with Queensland at the Gabba and could have had more with Gurinder Sandhu gave up his bowling in the slides with the home side 6-45 trying to hold out for a late Sunday draw.

Starc (45) and Hazlewood (43) also sent plenty of overs to Perth so it’s possible one or both are also rested given they were bowling on Sunday and only have one spell three days rest before the next test is in progress.

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