Ahead of the third test against Australia, India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin called Monday’s trip from Melbourne to Sydney as ‘turbulent and scary’. On Twitter he wrote, “Sincerely, Melbourne to Sydney!” His comments come after all members of the Indian cricket team, including the isolated five, and support staff tested negative for coronavirus after undergoing an RT-PCR test on Sunday. Amid unwanted media attention after five Indian players – Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Navdeep Saini – went to a Melbourne restaurant, they all demonstrated that all necessary protocols were followed.
– Ashwin (@ ashwinravi99) January 4, 2021
“Playing members of the Indian cricket team and support staff underwent an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests have produced negative results,” the BCCI said.
Even as the Australian media continues to talk about an investigation into an alleged breach of the bio-bubble protocol by the five Indian players, the Indian team has closed the outside world as it focuses on the third test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground . , from January 7.
In a conversation with ANI, sources aware of the developments in the team said that media reports are not a concern for the players and that they leave no stone unturned to prepare for the third test, as the series is on 1-1.
“The guys have closed the outside world and they don’t even look at who is saying what. We support our belief that no protocol has been broken and that’s that,” the source said.
“We are now looking at the third test and the focus is on the next game at the SCG. We want to make it 2-1 by the time we leave the SCG at the end of the test game.”
Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Monday that the SCG will have a 25 percent capacity for the upcoming third test between India and Australia, starting January 7.
CA and Venues New South Wales have teamed up to ensure the safety of customers attending the Pink Test, with an audience capacity initially limited to 25 percent.
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