The schedule for Australia’s Test series against India is under threat again, after reports the tourists were unhappy at the prospect of re-entering strict quarantine for the fourth and final game in Brisbane. The third Test in the four-match series is slated to start at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday after Cricket Australia decided not to move the match in the wake of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the city’s northern beaches.
“No different from anyone else, if they are coming from a declared hotspot they will have to quarantine,” Queensland’s chief health officer, Doctor Jeannette Young, said on Sunday. “That is a discussion Cricket Australia will need to have with the players.”
The acting Premier of New South Wales state, John Barilaro, told reporters on Sunday that the government was focusing on staging the third Test safely in front of a crowd of up to 20,000 fans. “We’re going to commit to the Test we have,” he said. “If an opportunity arises post that, we’ll take that opportunity then.”
Australia batsman Matthew Wade rejected the idea that there was no uncertainty over the schedule. “There’s a lot of talks out there but for us as a group and my position personally, we’ll go Sydney and play the SCG and then we’ll go the Brisbane and play the Gabba,” he said. “Until the powers that be knock on the door and tell us that that’s going to change, we just roll onto the next game.”