Cricket Australia considers trading third and fourth Tests after COVID flood in Sydney

Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia could examine trading the last two Tests of the continuous four-coordinate arrangement against India following an ascent in COVID-19 cases in Sydney where the third match is booked to be held from January 7.

Australian cricket authorities were put on high ready a week ago after a flare-up of the infection in the northern seashores in Sydney.

“As indicated by CA, the main choice was still to play the match from January 7 to 11 in Sydney however on the off chance that not, trading the third and fourth Tests among Sydney and Brisbane was the top other option,” a report in ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ said.

“That would leave the SCG Test being a fourth of the arrangement, played from January 15-19.” With cases developing, star Australia opener David Warner and pacer Sean Abbott – both recuperating from wounds – were on Saturday flown from Sydney to Melbourne, which will have the Boxing day Test from December 26.

The overseeing body’s Covid working gathering was likewise because of meeting on Sunday to check out the effect of Sydney’s northern seashores infection bunch on the third Test.

With the number of cases shooting to 71, Victoria and South Australia have just reported more tight fringe controls, while the New South Wales state government have likewise forced new limitations.

Under the current conditions, there are worries that Queensland state may close its outskirt with New South Wales, which will mean players and broadcasting teams won’t have the option to go from Sydney to Brisbane between the third and fourth Tests.

As indicated by the report, a substitute arrangement is to have both the second and third Tests in Melbourne.

“Facilitating the following two Tests in Melbourne, where the arrangement will continue on Boxing Day after Australia took a 1-0 lead in Adelaide, is another alternative and the allure of that for heads and telecasters it would require less development,” the report said.

India on Sunday lost the primary Test by eight wickets to fall 0-1 behind in the four-coordinate arrangement.