The Sydney Cricket Ground has held on to the third Test between India and Australia despite the rising cases of the Covid-19 in the city, Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday.

India staged a remarkable comeback in the series by winning the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sydney was in danger of losing the New Year’s Test due to the rising COVID cases
  • The players were scheduled to reach Sydney on December 31 to prepare for the 3rd Test
  • Melbourne was being kept in standby but CA confirmed SCG will host the 3rd Test from Jan. 7

The Indian and Australian players’ itinerary has been revised a little due to the spike of COVID cases in Sydney and therefore, the two teams will now travel to the city only on January 4 and start their preparations for the third Test which begins from January 7.

The players were scheduled to reach Sydney on December 31 for the New Year’s Test but a fresh spike in coronavirus cases in the city has forced organisers to keep the Aussies and Indians in Melbourne for a few extra days.

Sydney has held on to the third Test despite the rising cases of the Covid-19 in the city, Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday. Melbourne, which hosted the just-concluded Boxing Day Test, was being kept on standby but CA and the BCCI decided to mutually to keep the venue unchanged in a ‘calculated gamble’.

“We have made the decision to keep the New Year’s Test at the SCG, which has a wonderful recent history of hosting the Pink Test and Jane McGrath Day on the third day of play.

“We are confident that both this match, and the fourth Test in Brisbane, will play out in a safe and successful manner and thus round out what has been a magnificent men’s international program this summer,” CA interim chief Nick Hockley said.

CA made the decision after confirming that the players and staff would be able to travel from New South Wales to Queensland without the requirement of a hard quarantine ahead of fourth Test in Brisbane.

The four-match series stands level at 1-1 after India, led by vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane in Virat Kohli’s absence, bounced back in Melbourne to beat Australia by 8 wickets in the second Test inside 4 days on Tuesday.

The touring team’s remarkable win comes after India scored a national-record low total of 36 in an 8-wicket loss in the series-opening Pink-ball Test in Adelaide just last week.



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