The Boxing-Day Test match between India and Australia will be the second of the four-match Test series between the two countries. It will be played between December 26 to 31 with the first Test starting from December 17. The Test series happens after Australia were victorious in the ODI series followed by India in the T20I series. 30000 fans will be allowed to enter the stadium for the Test match.
The news has been confirmed by Victoria sports minister Martin Pakula confirmed the increase on social media after the southern state confirmed it had notched its 41st consecutive day without a new case of COVID-19.
This will be the first time that crowd will enter the Melbourne Cricket Ground ever since the India-Australia Women’s T20 World Cup final against India in March. The Australian eves won that contest.
30000 fans for Boxing-Day Test at MCG
Meanwhile, the country of Australia has seen an up and down movement of the rise of COVID-19 cases. Cricket Australia is determined to host the first Test in Adelaide despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the city. The city has been nominated as a coronavirus ‘hotspot’ due to the rise in the number of cases recently.
However, the Australian cricket board is confident of hosting what would be India’s first day-night Test match on foreign soil.
“Cricket Australia (CA) continues to monitor the situation in South Australia but remains committed to hosting the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval,” said the cricket board in a statement.
Meanwhile, there are concerns for both teams ahead of the first Test in Adelaide. David Warner has been ruled out of the first Test after coping up a groin injury. Will Pucovski also is unsure of playing the first Test after taking a blow to his head in the first practice match against India.
Meanwhile, searching Virat Kohli’s replacement is keeping the Indian thinktank busy ahead of the first Test. He will miss the last three Test matches as he is expecting the birth of his first child with Anushka Sharma.
Australia vs India: Test Schedule
1st Test: December 17-21 — Adelaide Oval
2nd Test: December 26-31 — MCG (Boxing-Day Test)
3rd Test: January 7- 11 — SCG
4th Test: January 15-19 — Brisbane