Australian bowler Pat Cummins reaches for the ball on the second day of the fourth Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia won by South Africa at Wanderers cricket ground on March 31, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has flown out of Adelaide after being withdrawn from the host's XI at the 11th hour due to his close contact status with a known Covid case.

Given Cummins had come into the vicinity of a Covid positive citizen while dining out in the City of Churches on the eve of the second Ashes Test, the 28-year-old was forced into isolation with ex-skipper Steve Smith fulfilling the bowler's leadership duties.

This isolation period was enforced by the Government of South Australia despite the Sydney-sider returning negative rapid and PCR tests for the virus.

While the misfortune of Wednesday night's misadventure is sure to have caused many a headache within the Australian camp, Fox Sports reporter Kath Loughnan has claimed that Cummins' luck had turned in the past 24-hours.

According to Loughnan, the New South Welshman jetted out of Adelaide airport prior to the commencement of play on Day 3, and as the restaurant in which the skipper had dined was not deemed a "place of high concern on the New South Wales Government website", Cummins will not be required to isolate upon landing in his state of origin.

Cummins will now be afforded the right to move freely within society, however, Loughnan held the view that training and spending time with his family ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne would likely fill much of the paceman's next nine days.

Smith and the Australians re-started play on Saturday afternoon local time with a lead of 456 runs having already claimed the wickets of English openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed prior to the close of play on Day 2.