Cricket Australia has confirmed the venue for the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Sydney Cricket Ground will host the third Test after there were question marks on its availability after a rise in COVID-19 cases the Northern beaches of Sydney. The Australian cricketing body thus maintained its commitment to hosting the Test match at the SCG after MCG was the likely venue for the third Test. The final decision has been made after the end of the fourth day’s play in Melbourne.
“Despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am delighted to say Cricket Australia remains on track to deliver the men’s international series as scheduled,” Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley said.
“To that end, we have made the decision to keep the New Year’s Test at the SCG, which has a wonderful recent history of hosting the Pink Test and Jane McGrath Day on the third day of play.
“The third Vodafone Test is more than two-and-a-half weeks away, which provides us with time to assess the evolving public health situation on the northern beaches of Sydney. We have made no changes to our schedule and our preference remains to play the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground” Nick Hockley said in a statement.
Cricket Australia Confirms Venue For Third Test
There were concerns that Queensland may close its border with New South Wales, which will mean players and broadcasting crews will not be able to travel from Sydney to Brisbane between the third and fourth Tests.
Cricket Australia earlier said that it is committed to hosting the final test in Sydney and will bring the situation under control by the time the test match starts and they have finally been able to successfully make SCG eligible to host the third Test.
With the third Test now in Sydney and the fourth in Brisbane, Hockley confirmed that the board worked closely with the New South Wales and Queensland governments to deliver the series as planned.