With a covid cluster developing in the northern beaches of Sydney, the New South Wales government has been forced to enforce a lockdown. The government had asked the citizens who were in the region from December 11 onwards to self-isolate.
Both Warner and Sean Abbott missed the opening Test against India at the Adelaide Oval due to their respective injuries. While David Warner suffered a groin strain while fielding during the second One-day International against India; one that ruled him out of the remainder of the limited-overs leg, Sean Abbott suffered a side-strain during the second warm-up game between Australia A and the Indians at the SCG last week.
According to reports published in the Australian media, while David Warner traveled to Melbourne via a private jet, Sean Abbott first traveled to the capital city of Canberra before taking a flight to Melbourne.
Cricket Australia confident of staging the 3rd Test in Sydney
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia interim chief executive Nick Hockley has expressed his confidence in Sydney hosting the New Year Test despite the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the New South Wales City.
The iconic Sydney Cricket Ground is originally scheduled to stage the New Year Test between Australia and India between January 07-11, 2021.
“The third 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,” Hockley said. We have made no changes to our schedule and our preference remains to play the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“CA has prepared for the possibility of COVID-19 hotspots and state border closures over the course of the summer,” he added.