Sydney: Cricket Australia decided to conduct the third cricket Test between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) at the Sydney Cricet Ground.
Along with this, speculation came to a halt that due to tight restrictions on the border due to Coronavirus, due to difficulties in movement of players for the fourth Test in Brisbane, the third Test could only take place in Melbourne. .
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The third test is to be held from 7 January. After winning the second Test in Melbourne by 8 wickets, India have equalized 1-1 in the series. Melbourne was put on standby as the venue of the third Test after Christmas, with an increase in cases of COVID-19 on the northern coasts of Sydney.
CA’s interim CEO Nick Hockley said, “Despite the many challenges in the midst of the Kovid-19 pandemic, I am happy to say that Cricket Australia is on track to host the men’s international series as per the schedule.” The fourth and final Test is to be played in Brisbane, Queensland, which has imposed strict restrictions on the border for those coming from Sydney.
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Hawkley said, ‘We had regular meetings last week to assess the public health situation in Sydney and discussed its impact on border restrictions across the country. In the end, we have decided that the New Year Test will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which recently has a history of organizing the Pink Test and celebrating Jane McGraw Day on the third day of the game.
Earlier pandemic cases had hit the fourth Test in Gaba, as Queensland closed its border for people coming from the Greater Sydney region. Hawkley said, “We are confident that both this match and the fourth Test in Brisbane will be played safely and successfully.”
He said, “We are grateful to the Queensland Government for their willingness to work with us to organize the series according to a pre-determined schedule, keeping the safety of the players, officials, staff and the entire community on top priority”.
The ‘Pink Test’ has become a tradition on the Sydney Cricket Ground and last year in its 12th year it raised 1.2 million Australian dollars for the McGraw Foundation. The McGraw Foundation is a charity organization founded by former fast bowler Glenn McGrath to help breast cancer patients.
McGraw said in the statement, ‘We are thrilled that the Pink Test will be conducted at the SCG itself. It is home to the Pink Test and in the last 12 years, the passion and support of the audience on the SCG has played a big role in the Pink Test. During the Pink Test, the Sydney Cricket Ground is painted pink.