Covid-19 scare for India vs Australia Series : Australian media has reported that Sydney Test match can be scrapped due to COVID outbreak in the Australian city. According to reports in Australian media, Sydney’s New Year’s Test could be scrapped after rising case numbers in New South Wales. But Cricket Australia has released a statement saying they are confident to host the test as per schedule.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that the Sydney Test against India may be shifted south after the latest COVID-19 outbreak. The report furter claims that Cricket Australia officials will hold a crisis meeting on Sunday. The decision in this regard is likely to be made in the days leading up to Christmas.
Meanwhile Cricket Australia on Sunday confirmed that the Sydney Test match between India and Australia remains on track for now despite a fresh COVID-19 cluster in Sydney.
“The third Test is more than two-and-a-half weeks away, which provides us with time to assess the evolving public health situation on the northern beaches of Sydney. We have made no changes to our schedule and our preference remains to play the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO said in an official statement.
Covid-19 scare for India vs Australia Series : 7 News has reported that 3 fans who attended Adelaide test tested positive
Another report in Australian media claims that 3 fans who attended the Adelaide match have tested positive. According to 7 News, SA Health has confirmed three people who attended the First Test at Adelaide Oval are close contacts of cases in the New South Wales cluster.
JUST IN: SA Health has confirmed three people who attended the First Test at Adelaide Oval are close contacts of cases in the New South Wales cluster. pic.twitter.com/wbIulpRwqU
— 7NEWS Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) December 19, 2020
The rise in COVID-19 cases in Sydney has already put India vs Australia Test series in jeopardy. According to reports, Sydney’s Northern Beaches has gone into a lockdown until Wednesday after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases, including 10 which were reported yesterday.
Furthermore, due to this unprecedented spike, multiple Sydney-based members of the broadcast production teams in Adelaide were stood down as a precaution. Brett Lee, who was part of the commentators team flew home to Sydney, while CA issued a directive to all media covering the Test match to report if they had visited the northern beaches region in the past three weeks.
Cricket Australia for now has not taken any decision and have put their faith on the government.
“There’s been lots of discussion and meetings of our medical experts, but this is the reason why throughout the summer we’ve had our players in bubbles in the hub,” CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley told SEN Radio.
“We’re monitoring the situation; we’re not panicking at all, staying calm… … it’s really watch, wait and see and I think the governments around the country have handled the pandemic so well, so we’ll watch, learn and stay in touch.”
David Warner, Sean Abbott who were currently in Sydney recuperating from their injuries were flown to Melbourne early to avoid any potential further border restrictions to Victoria.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia’s officials remain hopeful of staging the third match of the series at the SCG but have nominated taking the third Test to Brisbane, and switching the fourth match of the series to Sydney, as their next best option.