Australia’s cricket series against India is not in jeopardy once again after a coronavirus outbreak in Adelaide, where the first test is scheduled to be played next month. A spike in COVID-19 infection in the venue of the series-opener has prompted other states to close their borders with South Australia. The tour will consist of three T20Is, three ODIs and four Tests.
Earlier, Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine alongside host of players from Western Australia and Tasmania, who recently returned home from domestic games in Adelaide, forced into self-isolating following the outbreak in the said place. The outbreak in Adelaide’s north grew to 17 cases overnight, which forced Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania impose tighter border restrictions.
Meanwhile, the India squad and Australian players who have just returned from the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE are quarantining in Sydney ahead of a series of three one-day and three Twenty20 internationals in Sydney and Canberra. C Australia vice-captain Pat Cummins told an online video conference that “Cricket Australia has thought of every contingency.”
“Whatever we have to do, we’ll find a way,” said Cummins, who was part of the Australian squad that played a limited-overs series in England in September before he played in the IPL. “If we can fly to the UK and play in a bubble over there, show’s we’ll be able to do what it takes” in Australia. “The priority is we get out and play cricket, Cummins said.
The four-match test series is scheduled to start with a day-night match in Adelaide on December 17, and continue in Melbourne from December 26 and in Sydney and Brisbane in January. Adelaide Strikers are slated to start their BBL season in a Hobart hub and may need to reschedule plans. Adelaide Oval was set to be at half capacity for the day-night Test, but that now appears unlikely.
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