Cricket Australia’s boss Nock Hockley said he had had no indication from the Board of Control for Cricket in India “to suggest anything other than they’re supportive.”

The four-Test series between India and Australia is level at 1-1. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Both teams have wanted to play the schedule as we’ve set out: CA boss
  • 3rd Test will start at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday
  • BCCI “fully supportive” of quarantine requirements in Queensland: CA boss

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley has rubbished speculation that India are reluctant to travel to Brisbane from New South Wales for the 3rd Test, over the need to re-enter strict quarantine conditions.

Australian media had reported that Indian players would refuse to travel to Brisbane if they were to be subjected to a hard lockdown in Queensland state. However, CA chief Hockley said the Indian cricket board (BCCI) was “fully across (and) supportive” of quarantine requirements in Queensland.

“We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily,” he told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

“We’ve had nothing formal from the BCCI to suggest anything other than they’re supportive … Both teams have wanted to play the schedule as we’ve set out.”

Both India and Australia traveled to Sydney on Monday after reports all players and staff on both squads had returned negative tests for COVID-19.

Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon called on players from both sides to “stop complaining” about touring in the COVID-19 “bubble”.

“I’m not even thinking about Plan B or not playing at the Gabba … 100 per cent planning on going to Brissie and sticking with Plan A. We’ve heard nothing (to the contrary),” said Australia spinner Lyon.

“There are a few people from both squads who have been in a bubble for close to six months now but in my eyes it’s a very small sacrifice.

“Let’s just suck it up and get on with it.

“And stop complaining.”

The four-match series currently stands level at 1-1 after India’s stunning comeback in the Boxing Day Test which they won by 8 wickets after losing the series-opening Pink-ball Test in Adelaide by the same margin last month.



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