A fresh outbreak of the coronavirus in Adelaide on Monday forced Australian players, including captain Tim Paine, to self-isolate, but the country’s cricket board has claimed that the first test against India on December 17 is going ahead as planned. A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Adelaide has prompted other states such as Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory to close their borders with South Australia and impose a 14-day hotel quarantine on all visitors from Adelaide from 23: 59 hours on Monday. “There is constant surveillance, but that’s the end of the story,” a CA spokeswoman said by Sydney Morning Herald of the contest which will be a day-night.
The number of cases has increased from four on Sunday to 17 on Monday. The development has the potential to throw the Australian summer of cricket into chaos, but CA insisted there is no reason to think that next month’s Test series opener against India – Day / Night Pink ball game – will the Adelaide Oval is questionable.
The newspaper said CA is monitoring the fallout from the outbreak and its officials have been in touch with key decision makers in Adelaide. Tasmanian health authorities have quarantined returnees from South Australia since November 9. This meant that Paine, Matthew Wade and their teammates in the Tasmanian squad, which recently closed the opening round of the Sheffield Shield games in South Australia, had to go into isolation. “… Tasmanian Tigers Sheffield Shield team is isolating itself as we await further advice from Public Health,” said a Cricket Tasmania spokesperson.
“Players and staff have scheduled COVID-19 swab tests for later today.” The Indian team and the Australians who participated in the Indian Premier League in the UAE have been in a 14-day quarantine in Sydney since Thursday.
They will complete the isolation one day before the ODI series which starts at the SCG on November 27. Sydney will host the first two games before Canberra will host the third ODI and the first T20 International.
The other two T20Is are held in Sydney. India has two warm-up games against Australia A in Sydney ahead of the Test series, the first on December 6-8, which overlaps with the T20 series, followed by a day-night game in the SCG from December 11-13.
The first test will be crowded, about 50 percent of the total capacity, leaving 27,000 tickets available per day.
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