Australia vs India: The four-match Test series is tied at 1-1 with two games to play.© AFP
Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley on Wednesday confirmed that Team India and Australia will not go back and forth to Sydney on New Year’s eve and will stay in Melbourne for a few days. The teams will start their training for the third Test in Melbourne and will arrive in Sydney about 72 hours before the match. “Final night’s announcement was once that we are proceeding to Sydney and we are putting our plans in place to do this safely,” said Hockley in a virtual press convention.
“The players will be in Melbourne for a couple of more days training there, before moving to Sydney a few days ahead of the Test match,” he added.
Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that the third Test between Australia and India will remain at the Sydney Cricket Ground as scheduled, adding that the decision was once made after several days of meetings that regarded as the impacts of the recent COVID-19 outbreak on the northern beaches of Sydney.
“As part of the process we have been working very closely with the Queensland government and also with the health officers so we had very detailed discussions over the past week,” said Hockley.
“We had done all the way through this summer and had a contingency plan in place in Melbourne which gave us the time and possibility to come to a decision,” he added.
Hockley said the cricket body wanted to give Sydney the most productive chance of hosting the third Test and for this reason the last decision was once made at the 11th hour.
“We wanted to give Sydney, the perfect chance to in a position to go ahead and so forth. We are taking the most productive advice from the entire stakeholders,” he said.
“So it’s been a detailed process and we had at all times said that will make the decision last after the Boxing Day Test and that’s the reason the time we needed to act on our all plans.”
India levelled the four-match series on Tuesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the win also ensured the visitors moved a step closer to the last of the World Test Championship.
The third Test between the teams will begin on January 7.
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