The Adelaide Oval in Australia will host the much-anticipated pink-ball Test this summer, which would also be the first one that the Baggy Greens plays. India, who played their first day and night Test in 2019, will have their task cut out against the hosts, who have not yet lost one. Nevertheless, Cricket Australia has to deal with the rising COVID-19 cases in Adelaide, forcing to shut the borders in South Australia.
Australian Test captain Tim Paine, who plays for Tasmania in first-class cricket, had to move to self-isolation along with other players after playing a game in Adelaide. The cricketers from the rest of the first-class outfits like Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia returned from Adelaide from their Sheffield Shield campaign.
A Tasmanian Cricket spokesman underlined that people who have travelled from Tasmania to South Australia in the last seven days, the Tasmania squad, in particular, have moved to self-isolation as they wait on a further word from the public health authorities. The COVID-19 tests are also scheduled for all Tasmania players.
“Like all people who have travelled from South Australia to Tasmania in the last seven days, the Tasmanian Tigers Sheffield Shield squad are self-isolating as we wait for further advice from Public Health. Players and staff have Covid-19 swab tests scheduled for later today,” the spokesman told ESPN Cricinfo.
Former Australian coach has his say on the rising COVID-19 cases in Adelaide:
Former Australian head coach Darren Lehmann highlighted that players would do everything in their power to make the series happen as the ones did in American and Australian football. Lehmann hopes that South Australia manages to contain the outbreak considerably well for the cricketers’ welfare. At the same time, the former left-handed batsman called for adjustments and especially in 2020 when flexibility is the need of the hour. Adelaide Oval will also host a few Big Bash League fixtures towards the ending stage.
“All players in the AFL, the NRL, made it work and their staff and families did. So, I can’t see that being different in cricket, making it happen for the good of the game. First and foremost, we hope that they get to the bottom of that in South Australia and they contain that really well and then we can move forward to the hubs, whatever that may look like. You have just got to be flexible. That’s the 2020 model, the way everyone has been able to move quite quickly on the hop,”