Cricket Australia are on the process considering swapping the third and fourth tests of ongoing 4 match cricket Test series against India after a surge in COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney where the third test is due to be played.
Australian media reported Sunday that CA officials have a contingency plan to switch the Sydney test and the fourth test in Brisbane if the outbreak worsens.
Cricket Australia Considering Swapping Sydney Test With Brisbane Due To Fresh Covid-19 Cases At Sydney
Officials in charge are currently confident that the Sydney test can go ahead as scheduled from Jan. 7 onwards. If the tests are swapped, the Sydney Test will be played from Jan. 15 to 19 instead of at Brisbane.
A total of 30 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Sydney on Sunday all of whom were associated with an outbreak in the northern beach suburbs of the city. The new cases and spike in Covid-19 caused the New South Wales state government to impose regulations and fresh restrictions on public and private gatherings.
Cricket Australia’s coronavirus working group was due to meet Sunday to discuss the Sydney outbreak and its impact on the Test series. The plan to swap the third and fourth tests is being suggested as an alternative in case Queensland state closes its border with New South Wales which would mean players and television crews could not travel from Sydney to Brisbane between the third and fourth tests.
Cricket Australia May Not Want To Cancel Sydney Test As Alternative Plan To Play Consecutive Tests In Melbourne Is Unlikely
Victoria state on Sunday declared Sydney a hot spot and said it would close its borders from midnight to travellers from Australia’s largest city.
Australian test opener David Warner beat the closure as he flew by private plane on Saturday from Sydney to Melbourne to isolate before joining the Australian team bubble ahead of the Boxing Day Test starting December 26 onwards at Melbourne. David Warner is currently recovering from a groin injury sustained late last month during the one-day international series against India which ruled him out from an ODI, three T20Is and 1st Test.
An alternative plan is to play consecutive tests in Melbourne which will host the second test from Dec. 26 exists but is considered unlikely because CA does not want to cancel the Sydney Test.
Australia leads the series 1-0 after winning the first test in Adelaide by eight wickets as Indian batting reached a new low as they surrendered without fighting by registering their lowest Test score of 36 in 2nd innings.