The third Test match between India and Australia will be held in Sydney as scheduled after Cricket Australia officials deemed that the Covid-19 outbreak in the city had subsided and it was safe to hold the match in the city, reported cricket.com.au.
After an outbreak in Sydney’s northern beaches, Cricket Australia had put the Melbourne Cricket Ground on standby as an alternative to host the third Test. The series is currently locked 1-1 after India won the second Test on Tuesday.
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, confirmed the Sydney Test for 7 January and the fourth and final one in Brisbane.
“Despite the many challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, I am delighted to say Cricket Australia remains on track to deliver the men’s international series as scheduled,” Hockley said.
“We have met regularly over the past week to assess the unfolding public health situation in Sydney and gauge its impact on border restrictions around the country. To date, we have been able to deliver a safe and successful summer thanks to our detailed biosecurity protocols and the amazing work of so many great people behind the scenes.
“To that end, we have made the decision to keep the New Year’s Test at the SCG, which has a wonderful recent history of hosting the Pink Test and Jane McGrath Day on the third day of play,” he added.