Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has once again taken a sly dig at Team India and its management after reports emerged that the tourists have refused to travel to Brisbane for the fourth and final Test.
On Thursday, the Australian media including Fox Cricket carried out a report in which it claimed that the BCCI has written to its counterparts Cricket Australia that the tourists do not wish to travel to Brisbane if they are going to be subjected to yet another hard quarantine.
“If you look at it, we were quarantining for 14 days in Dubai before landing in Sydney and doing so for another 14 days. That means we were in a hard bubble for nearly a month before coming out. What we don’t want now is to quarantine again at the end of the tour,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Australian media.
This is not the first time that such claims have been made by the Australian media. Earlier this week, a similar sort of report was rubbished by CA interim chief Nick Hockley, who said that the Aussie board hasn’t received any formal request from its counterpart.
Nevertheless, Michael Vaughan proceeded to quote a tweet from Fox Cricket, where he asked as to whether India’s reluctance in playing at the Gabba is because of the bouncy nature of the track that they are expected to encounter coupled with Australia’s imperious record at the venue.
“Covid restrictions or the Pitch in Brisbane they are concerned about?,” asked Vaughan.
Covid restrictions or the Pitch in Brisbane they are concerned about ? https://t.co/5sfB1rQhfR
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 6, 2021
India has featured in 6 Tests at the Gabba, the last of which came during the 2014 rubber. The Men in Blue have lost five of them besides drawing a solitary game in 2003/04.
As far as Australia is concerned, the hosts have lost just 8 out of the 62 Tests they have played at the Gabba, winning 40 of them, 13 of which have come by an innings. Moreover, Australia is yet to lose a Test in Brisbane since 1988, making the venue as their fortress.