Nov. 18 (Reuters) – Australia would prefer to play India in the first test at Gabba in Brisbane if the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Adelaide requires a change of venue, fast pitcher Josh Hazlewood said on Wednesday.
The series’ opening is slated to begin at the Adelaide Oval on December 17, but a new cluster of coronavirus cases in the state has cast doubts that the match will take place as neighboring states shut down. borders with South Australia.
Hazlewood said that if they were to play the Gabba, the fast bowlers would prefer to take the game off before it gets hotter and favor the batsmen.
“It would probably be (the Gabba) to be fair,” Hazlewood told reporters.
“I think the longer we wait, the hotter it gets up there, so the Rapids would all be happy to finish this game in early December. We obviously have a very good record (in Brisbane) and it’s a great place to start. “
Australia have not lost a test match at Gabba since 1988.
The Adelaide outbreak has forced players like captain Tim Paine to self-isolate while others preparing for the domestic Big Bash League have been moved to a training camp on the New Wales coast from South. Australia, which hoped to fill the Adelaide Ring with 27,000 fans – half of its capacity – said Tuesday it “remains committed” to playing the day-night test match at the venue and is monitoring the situation. will face India for the first time in three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches from November 27 in Sydney.