CA have confirmed that the first Test against India will not start on Thursday. Phillip Hughes’s funeral will take place on Wednesday. The new date will be announced later.
There were some rounds going on about the postponement as three of the senior cricketers in David Warner, Shane Watson, and Brad Haddin are amongst those players who have recently said that they are not in stable state of mind to return to competitive cricket.
According to a report in of media the first Test match scheduled to start on 4th December, at the Gabba may now be compressed between the 2nd Test at Adelaide 12th December to 16th December and the third Test at Melbourne on ‘Boxing Day’ December 26th December to 30th December.
The report said that the players met at the SCG yesterday where they were sermonized by Michael Clarke after Phillip Hughes’s death on Thursday.
Test players like Brad Haddin, David Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon were on the field when Hughes was struck and attended to him in the dreadful minutes after the expanse of the damage became apparent. What they watched on the ground, what they watched in the hospital and the grief they feelings has plundered them off the desire to play cricket.
James Sutherland, Cricket Australia chief said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India was completely sympathetic of the circumstances. James Sutherland said that they have been in constant contact with the officials from the BCCI and he has got to say that their understanding and sympathy has been outstanding.He added that they totally understand the situation. They are doing everything they can to do show them empathy.
They understand that these are distinctive and remarkable situations and if the Test match goes ahead, both the teams that is Australia and India will have a very disparate sort of preparation.
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said that if the players do not want to play, they should not be enforced.He added that if the team make the decision they want to play then it has to go ahead, but total team should make that decision but he does not think they are going to be right.
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