The third Test between Australia and India is set to take place as scheduled in Sydney, said Cricket Austalia through a media statement on Sunday, December 20. The announcement followed the fresh outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Sydney which has forced other states to close borders with New South Wales.
The third Test is set to begin on January 7 in Sydney, by when Cricket Australia believes they can take stock of the situation.
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s interim CEO, in a statement, said, “The third Vodafone 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.”
The cases in Sydney, from where the Indian team had travelled to Adelaide for the first Test, have been on the rise over the last week prompting neighbouring Victoria to close borders with New South Wales on Sunday. However, CA still remains optimistic despite the recent developments.
“Cricket Australia has developed a solid track record of delivery throughout this most challenging of summers and will continue to make appropriate and proportionate decisions in consultation with our biosecurity team, governments, state & territory associations, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, our partners and venues.
“CA has prepared for the possibility of COVID-19 hotspots and state border closures over the course of the summer and the protocols that we have put in place have been effective in ensuring the safety and success of the men’s and women’s domestic and international programs to date.
“It was less than a month ago that South Australians were contending with an outbreak of the virus in Adelaide and we have just completed a brilliant first Vodafone Test at the Adelaide Oval. We faced similar issues in relation to the Melbourne Cricket Ground playing host to the Boxing Day Test and we are now less than a week away from welcoming back Victorian crowds after a difficult year for the state.
“We will continue to work closely with all relevant parties to make the right decisions in the appropriate timeframes.”