Cricket Australia is reportedly drawing up contingency plans should the New Year’s Test in Sydney need to be delayed or cancelled altogether.
A fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the northern beaches has put NSW on high alert as the state’s premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a raft of new lockdown restrictions for Greater Sydney.
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CA is reportedly hopeful it will still be able to stage the third Test between Australia and India, scheduled to begin on January 7, in Sydney, but is preparing for the fact that may not be possible.
As reported by The Daily Telegraph, the governing body may need to scrap the Test and return for a second match in Adelaide or hold two Tests in Melbourne or Brisbane.
As the schedule stands, the fourth Test in Brisbane is slated to begin on January 15, but that may be brought forward to give Sydney extra time to get the coronavirus situation under control and allow for the SCG to host what would then be the fourth Test of the series.
Dark clouds are hovering over the Sydney Test.Source:AAP
Per reports, cancelling the Sydney Test is a last resort for CA but it will explore all options and keep abreast of COVID-19 developments in the city.
India is unlikely to want to play two Tests at the fast and bouncy Gabba, particularly after being humiliated on a fair wicket in Adelaide as Virat Kohli and Co. were bowled out for just 36 in their second innings, gifting Australia an incredible eight-wicket win.
CA’s COVID-19 working group will meet today, following Ms Berejiklian’s press conference, where back-up plans will be discussed.
It was only recently the SCG hosted more than 30,000 fans for the third T20 match between Australia and India.
The second Test of the series starts on December 26 at the MCG.
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