India does not want to go to Brisbane for the fourth Test due to stringent quarantine norms, whereas Australia is rather keen on travelling there and finish the series. For the record, Australia have not lost a Test there since 1988 and India have never won there.
The Indian team management is not keen to accept further restrictions on the mentally-exhausted players after playing 3 ODIs and as many T20Is before as many Tests and that if the cricketers are to be confined to their rooms in Brisbane, the team will simply not travel.
Indian Team Members Express Reservations Of Travelling To Brisbane
The possibility of the fourth Test of 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy taking place at the Gabba in Brisbane appears unsure at the moment after several members of the Indian cricket team have expressed their reservations of travelling to the city because of the stringent Covid-19 protocols that have been put in place in Queensland.
“There is no secret we like starting the summer there for that exact reason,” batsman Matthew Wade told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Our record is very good there and we tend to play good cricket there. We would love to play at the Gabba.”
“Two games back-to-back at the SCG would obviously not be something that we’d want to do. We’d be much more comfortable playing the schedule as it rolls out. I would expect us to go to the Gabba regardless if that is more of a quarantine-based hotel, to the ground, come home [situation]. We fully expect to be going to Brisbane to play the Gabba Test.”
Australia has played 62 Tests at Brisbane and won 40 of them. The visiting teams have won only 8 while 13 matches were drawn and 1 match tied. Michael Clarke has scored the highest individual score of 259 not out while Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand have the best figures in bowling. In 6 Tests, Australia have won 5 Tests and 1 was drawn in head to head matches between India and Australia at Brisbane.
Matthew Wade Expects Harder Bio Security Protocols Due To Fresh Covid-19 Cases
Matthew Wade also said that although the Australians are not sure about the bio-security protocols at the place at Brisbane, he is sure it would be harder than Melbourne and Adelaide due to re-emergence of Covid-19.
“I’m sure there is [apprehension] for some players,” Wade said of restrictions being ramped up again, particularly in Brisbane.
“It is no difference to people coming home internationally and having to do hard quarantine. It’s not an ideal situation. But there is not much we can do about it. If that’s what the [Queensland] government are going to make us do to play a game then we’re willing to sacrifice.”
“A lot of the players knew coming into it [that] it wasn’t going to be an ideal situation and if something went south we were going to have to make some more sacrifices along the way. As a group we understand that, we’re ready for the challenge, we’re just keen to get to Sydney to get started and then roll into Brisbane, whatever that looks like. We’d all love to be running around outside, as everybody in Australia would love to be doing that right now. We all knew were going to get some curveballs and this is one of them,” he concluded.
The last time India played at Brisbane was in 2014 when Australia emerged victorious by 4 wickets. The previous occasion saw then skipper Sourav Ganguly scoring 144 in 2003 to draw the match against Australia.