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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Masks Mandatory for Fans at Sydney Test
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Players Not Moving Sydney; Ordered To Stay Few More Days In Melbourne

The second Test between India and Australia ended on Tuesday (December 29) in Melbourne but they are not travelling to the third Test venue i.e, Sydney. Cricket Australia head Nick Hockley has stated the players will stay in Melbourne for few more days and will move to Sydney just a few days before the start of the third Test.

As the new coronavirus strain has been found in Sydney, Cricket Australia is taking all the measures in place to go with the plans for the ongoing Test series which is currently even-steven.

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Melbourne Cricket Ground. Image Credit: Getty.

“Last night’s announcement was that we are proceeding to Sydney and we are putting our plans in place to do that safely. The players will be in Melbourne for a few more days training there, before moving to Sydney a couple of days ahead of the Test match,” Hockley said while speaking to reporters on Wednesday during a virtual interaction.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) curator had, meanwhile, begun preparing a pitch next to the one where the second Test was played as standby.

Sydney to stage only 50% of their capacity:

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Rishabh Pant has scored a century at Sydney Cricket Ground (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday said that the state government could allow about 50 per cent crowd for the third Test which means that there could be 24,000 spectators.

“I think the NSW Premier’s comments are a baseline. We will continue to work over the coming days with the NSW government and the SCG. Ultimately, we will take the government advice, how many we can have safely.
“We want as many people as possible to experience the New Year’s Test. To do that safely is the target. Fifty percent public is a baseline. We will work in the coming days if we can get more but safety is the priority,” Hockley added.
Meanwhile, India made a great comeback in the series after a moral-destroying loss in the first Test. They won the second Test by eight wickets.
Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Sourav Ganguly Praises Team India After ‘Special’ 2nd Test Win At MCG

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president called Indian series-levelling comeback win at Melbourne special as his words resonated with every member of the Indian Test squad and innumerable fans as he was full of praise for stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja besides spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for their impactful performances during the Test.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s late tweet was well worth as he posted a congratulatory message for the Indian cricket team for their series-levelling win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly
Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

Sourav Ganguly Tweets By Congratulating India’s Special Win At MCG

Sourav Ganguly, a former captain particularly praised Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin and wished them luck for next two Tests. Ajinkya Rahane is leading run-scorer with 181 runs in 2 Tests averaging 60.33 while Ravichandran Ashwin is leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets averaging 17.7.


The part of the tweet where he mentions ‘good people finish first too’ is in reference to India’s stand-in captain calm and composed Ajinkya Rahane, who led from the front with a match-winning knock of 112,which is his 12th Test century. It was his second century in Australia and one that will be among his favourite and most cherished in the heart.Ajinkya Rahane celebrates with Ravindra Jadeja.

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates with Ravindra Jadeja. BCCIAs for Ravindra Jadeja, the all-rounder picked up three wickets in the match besides scoring a crucial knock of 57, that helped India consolidate by acquiring a first-innings lead of 131. This was Ravindra Jadeja’s 50th Test match for India, which means he is only the third player in the history of Indian cricket after MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to have featured in 50 or more games in all three formats of the game.

India Wins 4th Test At Melbourne Making The Venue Most Successful Overseas

The win is India’s fourth at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, making the stadium their most successful venue overseas. They’ve won at Melbourne in 1977, 1981, 2018 and now 2020. Under Sourav Ganguly, India had won a famous Test match, in Adelaide in 2003 in which Rahul Dravid had emerged the star with knocks of 233 and 72*.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ajinkya Rahane has captained India in only three Test matches after leading India in 2 Tests at home and has won all those. He is only the second Indian skipper to win his first three Test matches as captain after MS Dhoni. After the debacle in Adelaide where India registered their lowest ever Test score of 36, India needed to boost their confidence and they did exactly that by winning the match in Melbourne comfortably. The win is more creditable since they didn’t have services of in form talismanic skipper Virat Kohli and pacer wicket-taker Mohammed Shami.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Pat Cummins Reveals The Plan Of Australia On Day Four
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Pat Cummins Hopes That MCG Pitch Has Pace And Bounce

Australia’s premier pacer Pat Cummins, who got the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the second innings at Adelaide Oval, hopes that the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) wicket would offer some bounce and pace to aid the fast bowlers in the second Test.

Pat Cummins gave early breakthroughs to Australia, on Sunday, during the maiden pink-ball Test against India. He was supported by Josh Hazlewood from the other end, who picked a five-wicket haul to reach the 200 Test wickets mark.

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Australian team. Image Credit: ICC.

Pat Cummins recalled that during the Ashes 2017 and when India last played the Test match at MCG, the pitch was much flatter. But during the New Zealand tour, it offered more pace and bounce. He hopes that

“I thought the Ashes test (in 2017) and the Indian test at the MCG a couple of years ago were pretty flat and boring wickets as a bowler.

“Last year against New Zealand it was a really good wicket. It has a bit of sideways and pace and bounce. Hopefully, it will be much the same.

If you do your skill well, you can have a big impact: Pat Cummins

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Pat Cummins added that the good battle between the bat and ball is offered in Melbourne and he hopes that same is witnessed in the coming match.

“I think not only as a player but as a fan, they are the best wickets, when it is a good battle between bat and ball. You feel like if you do your skill well, you can have a big impact,” Pat Cummins said.

The Australian bowlers came up with one of their best bowling performances to restrict India to a record-breaking 36 all-out in the first Test at Adelaide Oval, their lowest ever score in Test innings.

Their previous lowest total was 42 all out in the Lord’s Test against England on June 20, 1974. This is also the fifth-lowest total overall, and the lowest total by any team in 65 years.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Joe Burns Cleared Of Any Serious Injury; Will Pucovski And David Warner Still Under Observation
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Joe Burns Cleared Of Any Serious Injury; Will Pucovski And David Warner Still Under Observation

Australia’s Test opening batsman Joe Burns, who got a nasty blow to his elbow during the second innings of Australia in Adelaide, has been cleared of any serious injury. On the other hand, David Warner is still recovering from the groin injury while concussed Will Pucovski, who was considered as the possible opening partner of Burns, is still under observation albeit he has not been ruled out of the series.

On Sunday, Joe Burns got hit off Jasprit Bumrah’s fast bowl on his elbow after which he was seen uncomfortable in the field. After the physio gave him the first-aid, he continued batting and in the process, found his mojo. The opening batsman, who had a struggling season, went on to score an unbeaten half-century to chase down 90 runs target and guide his team to victory in the opening match of the four-match Test series.

Joe Burns and Matthew Wade to open the innings in MCG:

Joe Burns,
Joe Burns. Image Credit: Getty Images.

As the Queenslander has been cleared of a broken arm and is set to open at the MCG, where the hosts will pursue a 2-0 series lead in the four-Test series.

As the other two regular openers have been not cleared of their respective injuries, Matthew Wade is likely to be the opening partner of Joe Burns. The former has never opened the innings in first-class before playing the first Test against India in Adelaide.

Wade took an aggressive approach like Warner in the second innings but the southpaw was dismissed in a run-out. He ran to take a single but the wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was quick to collect the ball and flick between his leg to took the bails off.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

But Burns and Wade’s partnership was set to give another nightmare to India. However, Wade’s dismissal helped India to avoid giving a 10-wicket win albeit Australia has gained the lead in the Test series.

Earlier, there was a lot of debate over Joe Burn’s inclusion but Justin Langer and Tim Paine backed him and he stood up to the expectation.

Dean Jones Farewelled At Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
Dean Jones' journey ends in MCG. Image Credit: Cricket Australia.

Dean Jones Farewelled At Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground

Dean Jones, who died last month because of cardiac arrest, was bid adieu with a final lap of honour at the empty Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). A total of 10 people, including his family and close friends, attended the event.

The ground’s public address system played tunes by Elton John and INXS, musicians the former Australian batsman had counted among his many friends. His wife Jane Jones thanked everyone for the way people have reminisced and remembered about his cricket career.

“We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love for Dean over the last week and can’t thank everyone enough for their support and for sharing their memories with us,” Jane Jones said.

Dean Jones
Dean Jones. Image Credit: Twitter

Dean Jones’ wife further thanked Melbourne Cricket Club and MCG for tributing him in a special way. His coffin was conveyed around the venue where he played six of his 52 Test matches

“It has been an awful time to navigate as a family, but I could not have thought of a more fitting place to say goodbye to my husband than under the lights of his beloved MCG,” she added. 

“What better way to honour him than with the music of his friends Elton John and INXS echoing throughout the empty stadium. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Melbourne Cricket Club and the MCG for their willingness to create our personal tribute to Dean and for Cricket Australia’s support,” she added. 

Dean Jones
Dean Jones. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Dean Jones, with the name of ‘Prof Deano’, represented Australia in 52 Test matches scoring 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55. The batsman also had eleven Test centuries to his name. Apart from Tests, Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs at an average of 44.61, including seven centuries and 46 fifties.

After retiring from cricket, he became a renowned cricket expert and commentator. Also, he was highly active in social media platforms and kept his voice openly.

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Australia women vs India women. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Attendee At ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final Tested Positive For Coronavirus; MCG Confirms

The number of coronavirus cases has been rapidly increasing across the world. To make things worse, the coronavirus outbreak has claimed the lives of 4,000 people and has infected more than 1,26,000 people worldwide.

World Health Organisation (WHO), on Wednesday, announced that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak as a ‘pandemic’. The announcement takes place just months after the virus infection spread from China’s mainland Wuhan.

The COVID-19 has sabotaged the international calendar of several sporting events globally and in fact, it has even put the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 under huge doubt.

A person who attended ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final has been tested positive for Coronavirus

Australia Women team
Australia Women team. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), on Thursday, mentioned that at least one person who attended the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup finals between Australia women and India women on March 8, Sunday has been tested positive for the fast-spreading virus.

The intriguing final broke the women’s cricket attendance record with a staggering 86,174 attention — to the MCG to witness the defending champions and hosts claim the title.


In a tweet confirmed by MCG, “The MCC, as ground managers of the MCG, is aware that a person who attended the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final at the MCG on Sunday March 8 has now been diagnosed with COVID-19.”

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Credits: Twitter


 “The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised of the patron’s diagnosis and has classified it as a low-risk of spreading COVID-19 to surrounding members of the public and staff. The patron sat on Level 2 of the Northern Stand at the MCG in section N42,” the official statement released by MCG read.

Affected area to be sanitised at the MCG:

Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends that those who sat in N42 at the Sunday’s showpiece event need not panic as they should continue to follow their regular routine with an increased focus on hygiene measures.

“The DHHS recommends that those who were seated in N42 at Sunday’s event should continue to go about their normal routine, with an increased focus on hygiene measures, and should any flu-like symptoms emerge to consult with a medical professional.

The MCC is working closely with the Government and the DHHS and the advice is to operate business as usual, including hosting major events, however, are prepared should that change at any stage. The MCC is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for those visiting the MCG and as a precautionary measure have undertaken intensive cleaning of the affected section,” it maintained.


The MCG which is currently keeping a tab on the situation is working closely with the Government and the Department of Health and Human Services to maintain a safe and healthy environment for those visiting the MCG.

Harmanpreet Kaur, Women's T20 challenge
Harmanpreet Kaur. Photo Credit: Twitter.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Harmanpreet Kaur Wants Trophy As Her Birthday Gift

On 8th March, Harmanpreet Kaur-led India women’s cricket team will play the maiden final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). It will be a special day for the captain as her birthday also falls on the same date. Lifting the World Cup Trophy on her birthday will surely be a dream come true moment for humble Harmanpreet.

In Sydney, India could not play the semi-final game against England because of inclement weather. Thus, they got the direct entry in the finale after topping the group chart, winning all the league matches. They had also defeated Australia in the series opener in Sydney. Indian team might be confident to repeat that victory in the grand finale as well.

Ahead of the clash, while addressing the reporters during the presser, she was asked by media persons what gift she wants on her birthday.

The skipper at once said, ” Mujhe to trophy chaiya aur kuch nahi chahiya” (I want just World Cup trophy nothing else).

Australia Women, India Women, ICC Women's T20 World Cup
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Indian cricket team shared the short clip on their official account where captain happily asks for her birthday gift:

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy 2020 will surely be the best gift her teammates will want to give her.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s form a worrying factor:

Harmanpreet Kaur, Poonam Yadav
Harmanpreet Kaur. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

So far, the Women in Blue have won all the matches but the concerning factor for India is that their captain Harmanpreet Kaur is out of form. She has even failed to touch the mark of 20 during the tournament. So far, she has returned with figures of 2, 8, 1, 1.

Her last best came against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 where she scored a century. Since then, she hasn’t scored a fifty in T20Is.

Maybe, the skipper is saving the best for the last. Well, everything will be disclosed tomorrow when the two strong teams will compete for the trophy in Melbourne. 

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Australia Vs India Final – When and Where To Watch

India and Australia, who played the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener, will now play the title decider on Sunday (March 8) in Melbourne. Well, you have to wait to see whether the result will be different or the same as what was the outcome of the curtain-raiser at Sydney’s Showdown Stadium.

India got a direct entry in the final as they could not get the match in semi-finals against England because officials had to abandon the game due to the torrential downpour in Sydney. Thus, India were ahead of England as they topped the Group chart, Harmanpreet Kaur-led side got an unarguable entry in the final.

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On the other hand, the second semi-final was played between Australia and South Africa. The hosts played a full 20-over contest, setting up a target of 134 runs.

However, the rain interrupted the game and according to Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method, South Africa was given a revised 98-run target in 13 overs. However, Proteas failed to chase the target and Australia went on to make it to the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

India vs Australia final: When and Where To Watch

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Australia women team. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The final between the two strong teams will be played at an Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Interestingly, India’s men’s team has registered many memories at this particular venue. And, it will be interesting to see whether the women’s team can create history on super Sunday.

Interestingly, the marquee clash will be played on International Women’s Day i.e, 8th March (Sunday). Also, Indian skipper Harmanpreet’s birthday falls on the same date, so the Indian women’s team would be keen to dedicate a victory to their charismatic leader.

The match will be telecast on Star Sports 1 or Star Sports 2 HD besides streaming will be available on Hotstar. According to Indian Standard time, the clash will begin from 12:30 pm while the toss will take place half an hour before.

So, be ready and glue to Tv sets – to support the Indian team who recently made it to the maiden T20 World Cup final following some incredible performances in Australia.

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Mitchell Star with his wife Alyssa Healy. Photo Credit: BBL/IPL.

Ravichandran Ashwin Hails Australia’s Decision For Allowing Mitchell Starc to Watch Alyssa Healy at ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

Women’s cricket is not popular among fans but is it has gradually become successful in gaining attention far and wide. Meanwhile, the recent gesture from the Australian men’s cricketer Mitchell Starc is winning the hearts of fans. The pacer’s wife Alyssa Healy is also representing the Australian women’s team. Her team will be competing against India’s women cricket team in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on 8th March.

To through support behind his wife, Starc sought leave from the ongoing ODI series between Australia and South Africa. Thus, it saw India premium off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin giving thumbs up to Starc’s heartwarming gesture.

Healy is the opener and the wicketkeeper for Australia’s women cricket team. So far, her best performances came against India and Bangladesh’s team, scoring 51 and 83 respectively.

Recently, Starc wanted to support his wife so he took the leave from the national duty. His move will surely create an impact worldwide and will surely encourage the fans to watch the title decider match.

Ashwin, who remains quite active on social media, took Twitter as he came to know of the news. “So refreshing to see this!! Well done,” he tweeted on Saturday.

Ravichandran Ashwin happy for Mitchell Starc, who returns Australia to support Alyssa Healy:

Australian head coach Justin Langer also gave the reason behind releasing Starc from the squad

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Mitch to watch Alyssa in a home World Cup final and so we were happy to allow him to return home to support n hais wife and be part of a fantastic occasion,” Langer had said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the result of the three-match ODI series between Australia and South Africa is already decided as the Proteas are leading with an unassailable lead of 2-0.

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Sachin Tendulkar. Photo Credit: ICC.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Heartening Message For India Ahead of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final

India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has wished the India women’s cricket team ahead of the grand finale of the ICC women’s T20 World Cup 2020. India has first time reached the finals of the tournament. The former cricketer, who himself has lifted the 2011 World Cup title, shared a special message for the cricketers.

India had entered the finals without playing a ball in the semi-final as the match was washed out. As there was no reserve day, India qualified for the finale as per the rules that state the team finishing higher in the group stages fixtures will progress further.

Sachin Tendulkar’s special message ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup:

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Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Tendulkar very well knows the pressure when it comes to the final of the World Cup. He was part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning campaign. The Master Blaster himself wants the women’s team to enjoy the finale and bring the trophy home.

“Just live in the moment and play the finals. I was there next to the trophy when I was in Australia and few members of our women’s team were there with me. I told them that it would be nice to see you with the trophy back in India,” he said.

“My message to them would be to go out and give your best. I would tell them to not take any pressure. They don’t need to spend time with the outside world. I have watched their performances and they have inspired so many youngsters,” the Master Blaster added.

India Women's cricket team, Sachin Tendulkar
India women’s cricket team.

“It is about bringing laurels to our nation, so many athletes in different fields have brought laurels to our nation, this would be another one. Go and enjoy yourself.”

On March 8, India and Australia will compete with each other at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), to lift the trophy. The hosts had made it to the sixth finale while India will be playing for the first time.

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