While announced that the third Test between Australia and India would take place in Sydney as planned, the training wouldn’t be at the same spot. Despite the surging COVID-19 cases in Sydney, the Sydney Cricket Ground managed to retain the responsibility of hosting a Test against India. Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley announced that players would practice in Melbourne itself ahead of the third match.
Up until last night’s announcement that Sydney will keep its place of staging the Test match between Australia and India, the MCG was the likely venue. The four-match Test series is at an exciting and crucial juncture as both Australia and India have won a Test. India beat Australia by eight wickets in Melbourne in the second Test to level the series after an embarrassing defeat in Adelaide.
Nick Hockley announced that they would undertake all the safety measures ahead of the third Test so that the match undergoes smoothly and without hindrances. He added that the players would remain in Melbourne for a few days to train before coming to Sydney a couple of days ahead of the Test.
“Last night’s announcement was that we are proceeding to Sydney and we are putting our plans in place to do that safely. The players will be in Melbourne for a few more days training there before moving to Sydney a couple of days ahead of the Test match,” Hockley said as quoted by ANI.
We have been working very closely with the Queensland government: Cricket Australia
Nick Hockley highlighted that they have had detailed discussions over the last week with the Queensland government and working closely. He claimed that they had backup plans throughout the summer that bided them time and opportunity to decide their next course of action.
“As part of the process, we have been working very closely with the Queensland government and with the health officers so we had detailed discussions over the last week. We had done all through this summer and had a contingency plan in place in Melbourne which gave as the time and opportunity to decide,” he added.