Australia Players To Train In Adelaide After Returning From England Tour

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The Australian men’s team which is currently playing a limited-overs series in England will return to the country via South Australia. Cricket Australia has expressed its honest gratitude to the South Australian Government, the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority and the South Australian Cricket Organization for confirming accommodation and training arrangements for the Australian men’s squad following the tour of England.

The South Australia Government has approved Cricket Australia’s detailed proposal which will involve all players and staff being accommodated at the Oval Hotel in Adelaide on their return to Australia.

Players and staff will be permitted to train at the Adelaide Oval all the way through their stay to prepare for the summer ahead.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim Chief Executive, said the announcement was once a remarkable development in planning for the 2020-21 international season.

“We wish to thank the South Australian Government and the South Australian Cricket Organization for approving CA’s proposal for the return of the Australian men’s team,” Hockley said in a release.

“CA is dedicated to staging a protected and successful summer and today’s agreement with the authorities in South Australia is a positive step towards achieving that.

“The health and safety of the South Australian community is our highest precedence and the guiding precept in our planning.

“International commute in the time of a global pandemic presents many challenges, and we deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone in the SA Government, SACA and CA for working through these in a constructive, cooperative manner.

“There is such a lot to look forward to this summer, and various work going on in the back of the scenes to be sure that happens. Today’s announcement will allow the Australian men’s squad to safely stay in Adelaide while also maintaining their training loads for the big season ahead.”

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said: “Cricket Australia and SA Health have both worked tough to make this happen and today’s announcement will pave the way for a massive summer of cricket correct here at Adelaide Oval.”

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Keith Bradshaw, SACA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are happy that we are in a position to assist the Australian men’s cricket team on their return to South Australia and at Adelaide Oval in the Oval Hotel. Rest assured we have undergone rigorous procedures with Premier Steven Marshall and the SA Government, to make sure the safety of the public and the players.

“Our hope is that the Oval Hotel can continue for use in the successful staging of international cricket this season.” 

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