In order to avoid disruption to the upcoming home summer against India, Cricket Australia has airlifted a number of players including Marnus Labuschagne and Test skipper Tim Paine into New South Wales follow the second wave of Covid cases in South Australia.
Following a plethora of new coronavirus cases in South Australia, state governments Tasmania, New South Wales, and Western Australia have closed their borders with SA, and have also imposed a 14-day quarantine on all the visitors coming from Adelaide.
A number of domestic and Big Bash League cricketers have also been airlifted to New South Wales to ensure that there is no disruption to their preparations for the summer of cricket
Despite South Australia emerging as a new Covid hotspot, Cricket Australia is still confident of staging the marquee pink-ball Test against the Virat Kohli-led Indian Cricket Team, which is scheduled to kickstart from December 17.
“CA has taken a proactive approach and mobilized a number of people across the country over the past 24 hours to shore up our men’s domestic and international schedules. I would like to thank the players and staff for their understanding regarding the changes to their travel schedules and for their commitment to ensuring the summer of cricket is a huge success,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement.