Cricket Australia on Tuesday transported players, including Test skipper Tim Paine and star hitter Marnus Labuschagne, from Adelaide to New South Wales in an attempt to save the series against India as a coronavirus outbreak in South Australia threatened this summer. When Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania closed their borders to South Australia on Monday, the country’s cricket board brought players from the Australian White-Ball, Test Match and Australia A squads from Adelaide to Sydney to ensure that the upcoming matches of the $ 300 million season remain unaffected.
“CA has taken a proactive approach and has mobilized a number of people across the country over the past 24 hours to support our men’s national and international schemes,” CA interim director Nick Hockley told ESPNCricinfo.
“I would like to thank the players and staff for understanding the changes in their travel schedules and for their commitment to making the summer of cricket a huge success.”
In addition to Paine and Labuschagne, the relocation list includes their peers Matthew Wade, Travis Head and Cameron Green.
Despite the spike in COVID cases and related developments, CA claimed the Adelaide Oval will host the first test of the summer against India against India from December 17. Hockley added, “I would also like to thank the various leadership groups in Australian cricket for coming together in the past 48 hours and taking prompt, decisive action – made possible by thorough, cross-department contingency planning.
CA will continue to monitor the situation in South Australia and the resulting border restrictions across the country.
“As always, we will remain flexible in addressing the challenges of the pandemic and have more confidence than ever in organizing a safe and successful summer in all formats.”
Previously, CA had vowed that all possible measures would be investigated to ensure that the series continues as planned. A new coronavirus outbreak in Adelaide on Monday had isolated Australian players, including Paine, in themselves.
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 starting Monday afternoon.
India is in Australia for a long tour consisting of three ODI’s, as many T20 Internationals and four Tests.
The tour kicks off on November 27 with the first ODI in Sydney, while the Test series kicks off on December 17 with a day-night match in Adelaide. Visitors are currently in quarantine in Sydney.
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