The first test of the chain of Australia and India is unlikely to move from Adelaide. Despite the sudden corona virus outbreak that has forced some other states to declare the city a “hotspot” for the pandemic. The Australian cricket team (CA) insisted that they were still on the right track with their preparations to host the first daytime night test between the two countries in the historic Adelaide Oval. The only way it could change is if they were actually left in a situation where they “couldn’t” move forward. It’s a scenario similar to MCG’s Boxing Day Test where the transfer of the match from Melbourne. Would be the worst-case scenario CA is not expecting at the moment.
We have recently seen a sudden increase of new COVID-19 (Corona Virus) cases in Adelaide’s. It has increased from 4 to 18 on Monday (November 16). We have also Witnessed some of the states (Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia) closing their territorial borders. With South Australia or subject all visitors from the state to self-isolation for 14 days. It has also resulted in government cricketers from those states, particularly Tasmania and Western Australia.
Who returned home from the Sheffield Shield Center in Adelaide, to be quarantined at their homes for two weeks starting Monday. They include Test Leader Tim Payne and Matthew Wade along with New Sensation Cameron Green and White Ball Ashton Agar.
Corona Virus increase
The most important issue at the moment for CA appears to be finding a way to transport the likes of Green and Agar to Sydney in time for the opening match of the India Tour. Which will be their first-ever international match at SCG on November 27. The Indians have already entered their fifth day of quarantine at the hotel. Which is due to end one day before that match. Virat Kohli & Co has started training at Blacktown Oval since November 14 (Saturday).
Fortunately, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have decided to keep their borders open for the time being and not to follow the steps of other states. In fact, New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Prejiklian has spoken. The need to learn to “live with the virus” and is not expected to change her position on the issue. Crucially, with regard to the schedule of the Test series, Victoria’s call for no restrictions on visitors from Adelaide. Despite being identified as a hotspot, would be a great relief. This means that players and other stakeholders involved in the series can travel to Melbourne after the first test in Adelaide without any hassles.
The border between the two countries is due to open on December 1 after being closed from the time Victoria experienced the second wave of the epidemic three months earlier.
Australian Test team
As it stands, the Australian Test team is set to gather in Adelaide on December 10. Once the White Ball round ends as well as India’s first warm-up match against Australia A. Which features some Test players such as Paine, Travis Head and Joe Burns. The Indians will join them on December 14th after their second preliminary match under the spotlight at SCG.
A potential alternative to the first test should Adelaide be excluded would be SCG, as the Indians would already be there. But for now, the CA believes a last-minute shift will not be required. Contact tracing tools are working around the clock to contain the spread. Which at the moment is said to be controlled in the northern part of the city. Long queues of people waiting to take the test were seen throughout Monday. While they announced a series of restrictions. Including the closure of gyms and entertainment centers as well as the reduction in the number of people allowed in bars and restaurants.
Prime Minister Stephen Marshall and Chairman of the Board in charge of Health Nicolas Spourier is confident. That the outbreak will remain under control. Or as Spurier put it, “What we’re facing is, in fact, a second wave but we haven’t got a second wave yet.”
And for now, it looks like Adelaide still has the first test, too
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