Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will be hosting the third Vodafone test match of the ongoing India vs Australia series. As per itinerary planned earlier, Sydney was scheduled for the third test match, but due to the outbreak of coronavirus in Sydney’s northern beaches before Christmas, tensions started mounting on official board members of Cricket Australia. As a result, Melbourne Cricket Ground was considered standby ground to host the third test match.
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, said that they had met quite regularly in the past week to assess the unfolding public health situation in Sydney and gauge its impact on border restrictions around the country. He detailed on biosecurity protocols and how they have been working behind the scenes to host matches in a safe environment.
Hockley extended his thanks to Queensland Government for their willingness to work in liaison with Cricket Australia in order deliver the series as planned. He also deliberated on the places, the safety and wellbeing of the players, officials, staff and the wider community as their top priority.
As of now, following the Boxing Day test match, India bounced back in the test series to set up intriguing battle in the last two games. Injuries remains concern for visitors as Umesh Yadav becomes latest casualty, while Australia is likely to welcome David Warner back in the team for third test. There is a lot on the stake in next two games, so it is going to be a fascinating battle between the two strong test teams.