Team India have a very important overseas assignment ahead as they lock horns with Australia for a full-fledged tour comprising three ODIs, three T20Is followed by the four-match Test series. The tour kick-offs with ODI series, with the first match scheduled to be played on November 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Test series between the two big teams are scheduled to commence on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval. Nonetheless, a month ahead of the Day-Night pink-ball Test, Cricket Australia (CA) has a lot of issues to sort out because of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in South Australia. Currently, the players from both teams are currently quarantining in Sydney.
Meanwhile, a number of COVID-19 cases in Adelaide have forced other states to shut down the borders with South Australia. Tasmania captain Tim Paine and his teammates have last played a first-class game in Adelaide and they have been asked to go into mandatory self-isolation.
“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,” a Cricket Tasmania spokesman was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Adelaide to host Big Bash League games
Queensland’s state government officially announced that the players who are returning from South Australia since November 9 will have to go through compulsory COVID-19 testing including a quarantine period of 14 days. Besides hosting India’s Test match, the capital city of South Australia will also host a few BBL games.
The former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said: “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,” Lehmann mentioned.
“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,” he added.