Australia, India to land in Sydney just 72 hours before New Year’s Test

Members of the Australian and Indian teams will spend as little time as possible in Sydney despite Cricket Australia's confidence its robust biosecurity measures will ensure the sport free passage into Queensland even if the city's COVID-19 outbreak was to worsen.

Players are being given extra days to enjoy life in a coronavirus-free city before they are subjected to more onerous bubble protocols for the final two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar series, which is locked at 1-1 after India’s win in Melbourne.

The Australian cricket team will be allowed into Queensland directly from Sydney to play their Test match at the Gabba in Brisbane if COVID bubble rules are applied.Credit:Getty Images

"Last night's announcement is we're proceeding in Sydney and we're putting our plans in place to do that and to do that safely," CA chief executive Nick Hockley said.

"Players will be in Melbourne for a few more days, training there and moving up to Sydney a couple of days ahead of the Test match."

As part of its agreement with Queensland Health, the two teams and broadcast staff must undergo hotel quarantine, leaving only to train and to play the match, in order to be granted exemptions into the state should border closures remain in place.

Sydney's new positive case numbers have remained steady since the early days of the outbreak, but CA is confident even if there is a spike that measures in its hub will be satisfy Queensland health authorities.

"That's precisely the reason why we have our biosecurity protocols, why we have the measures in place, why we're in a bubble in Sydney," Hockley said.

"And the arrangements that we're putting in place with the Queensland government are such that we can keep the playing cohort, the relevant broadcast crew all safe and move safely into Brisbane so that we can complete the full schedule whilst ensuring that we are being responsible and keeping the community safe.

"I want to reiterate our thanks to the support and co-operation of all the governments and particularly the health departments and chief health officers of respective governments who've been so critical to be able to put this summer on."

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