Sydney: Cricket Australia has decided to host the third India-Australia Cricket Test (IND vs AUS) at the Sydney Cricet Ground.
With that, speculation has stopped that, due to strict border restrictions due to the coronavirus, the third test in Brisbane could be due to difficulties in moving players for the fourth test in Melbourne itself. .
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The third test will take place from January 7. After winning the second Test in Melbourne by 8 wickets, India tied 1-1 in the series. Melbourne has been put on hold as the location of the third test before Christmas, with an increase in COVID-19 cases on Sydney’s north coasts.
Acting CA CEO Nick Hockley said: “Despite the many challenges amid the Kovid-19 pandemic, I am happy to say that Cricket Australia is on track to host the Men’s International Series on schedule. . ” The fourth and final test will take place in Brisbane, Queensland, which has imposed strict border restrictions on those coming from Sydney.
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– Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) December 29, 2020
Hockley said: “We have had regular meetings last week to assess the public health situation in Sydney and discuss its impact on border restrictions across the country. Ultimately, we decided that the New Years Test will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which recently hosted the Pink Test and celebrated Jane McGraw Day on the third day of the match.
Earlier outbreak cases had reached the fourth test in Gaba, as Queensland closed its border to people coming from the Greater Sydney area. “We are confident that this game and the fourth test in Brisbane will be played safely and successfully,” said Hawkley.
He said: “ We are grateful to the Queensland government for their willingness to work with us to organize the series on a pre-determined schedule keeping the safety of players, officials, staff and the entire community at the forefront. ”
The ‘pink test’ has become a tradition at Sydney cricket ground and last year, in his 12th year, he raised A $ 1.2 million for the McGraw Foundation. The McGraw Foundation is a charitable organization founded by former fast bowler Glenn McGrath to help patients with breast cancer.
McGraw said in a statement, “We are delighted that the pink test is being conducted at SCG. It is home to the Pink Test and over the past 12 years the passion and public support of the SCG has played a big part in the Pink Test. During the pink test, the Sydney Cricket Ground is painted pink.