Australian pacesetter Josh Hazlewood has suggested that the first game of the four-game test series against India could be played with the red ball in Brisbane or Melbourne if the situation in Adelaide does not improve. India and Australia will play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. The first test was said to be a daytime competition in Adelaide, but recently South Australia has witnessed a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases. South Australia goes into a hard lockdown for six days as Adelaide continues to grapple with a coronavirus outbreak, and it has cast doubt on whether the series will start in the city as planned.
Hazlewood has said the pink ball test should only be played in Adelaide and has suggested that the first test of the series could be a red ball match in Brisbane or Melbourne, and later on could be a pink ball match played in Adelaide.
“He (curator Damian Hough) has the perfect wicket in Adelaide for a pink ball test. A few courts in Australia are too abrasive or too hard, like the Gabba or Perth. Those wickets are too hard for a pink ball, it gets quite soft after a certain time, ” cricket.com.au quoted Hazlewood.
“(It) Could be a red ball (first test in) Melbourne or Brisbane or somewhere, then we’ll go back to Adelaide later in the summer. From all the reports we’re still good for Adelaide, but things can always change. Hopefully , they can recover in the next two weeks, ”he added.
Hazlewood also suggested that the first test in Brisbane would help all pacers as Brisbane will get hotter as the summer progresses. Currently, the final game of the four-Test series is scheduled to be played in Gabba, Brisbane.
“The longer we wait, the warmer it gets up there, so the dips would all be happy to get that game done in December. We clearly have a really good track record and it’s a great place to start,” said Hazlewood .
Kohli only plays one test against Australia, then he returns home after receiving paternity leave from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
During the 2018/19 series, India managed to record their first Test Series victory on Australian soil. The Kohli-led team eventually won the series 2-1 and now they would try to keep the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
The first test between India and Australia starts on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval and this match will be a daytime match.
The series of four matches is part of the World Test Championship (WTC). India and Australia are in the top two of the WTC rankings.
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