Melbourne: Australian opener Matthew Wade has said his team do not want the final test match in Brisbane to be played in Sydney, as the team report. India do not want to play matches at Gaba due to strict quarantine rules.
According to reports, the Indian team do not want to travel to Brisbane city due to strict quarantine protocol in Queensland and are ready to play 2 games in Sydney instead. The third test match will start in Sydney from January 7.
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Matthew Wade said in a virtual press conference: “ I haven’t heard of it but we certainly wouldn’t like to play 2 games in a row in Sydney. The timetable has been set and we would like to follow up accordingly. Even though it’s a quarantine connected hotel, go to the ground, play and come back.
He said: “Cricket Australia is set on the schedule set at the start of the summer and so we have all expectations to play Gabba. It’s no secret that we love to play Gaba. There will be strict quarantine rules and strict biosafety protocols, but we are prepared to sacrifice more and face more challenges.
India haven’t won a single game at Gabba. According to Australian media reports, the Indian team are not happy with the prospect of being in another tight quarantine in Brisbane as they had already been in quarantine for 14 days when they reached Australia. The fourth and final test match will take place from January 15th. The four-game streak is still 1-1.
After a video of Indian gamers eating at a restaurant, 5 Indian gamers including Vice Captain Rohit Sharma were kept in isolation and an investigation into possible violations of Kovid-19 biosafety protocol was opened, but Wade a I did not comment.
Wade said: “I really don’t think much about what the Indian team is doing. As a team and personally, we haven’t given any thought to what the Indian players are doing off the pitch. We think about how we can perform better.
Wade said he hopes star batsman Steve Smith will get back into shape and score big. In the first 2 tests he could not stand in front of Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
He said, “His spin pair (Ashwin and Jadeja) are dangerous. He played very well, especially in Melbourne. Maybe he had more bounce and spin than we expected. It was a bit surprising.
Wade said: “We couldn’t come to terms with this wicket quickly. But Steve (Smith) has faced Ashwin on several occasions before and has done very well against him at our wickets. I am convinced that they will have no more problems.
Wade’s batting order remains a topic of discussion after David Warner and Will Pucovski were selected to the squad and said he was ready to beat any number.
He said: “ I really enjoyed the opening of the sleeves and if the selectors want me to do that I will have no problem. If I am sent in a lower order, I will accept it too. I’m ready to beat anywhere from number one to number 7.