A COVID-19 outbreak in South Australia has sent a scare through the Australian cricket community with questions over whether the all-important series against India can go ahead.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc with international cricket with the T20 World Cup postponed, while WBBL teams have played in a bubble.
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India have arrived in Australia to quarantine ahead of three ODIs, three T20s and the four-match Test series.
After a bitter, hard-fought series in 2018, cricket fans have been salivating over the match up despite several setbacks.
The schedule was only confirmed a matter of weeks ago, and Indian skipper Virat Kohli will return home after the first Test for the birth of his first child.
The series was set to be a $300 million bonanza for Cricket Australia after hit hard by the pandemic.
The iconic scoreboard may be skipped this season.Source:Getty Images
Australian cricket’s governing body has also been locked in a battle with Channel 7, who are threatening to end its $450m cricket rights deal.
But after the Adelaide’s Parafield COVID-19 cluster saw the state shut down for six days, questions are being asked about whether the first Test of the summer will be moved from Adelaide Oval.
With the other states other than NSW imposing travel restrictions on South Australia, the concern is that broadcasters won’t be able to move production crew easily between states.
The broadcasters have reportedly asked for a decision on whether the Adelaide Oval will host the first Test on December 17.
The ODI and T20 series will be played as two games at the SCG, two at Canberra’s Manuka Oval and the final two games back at the SCG.
Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has suggested a drastic solution may be to play all the games between Sydney and Canberra.
“It just all depends on how Adelaide’s going,” Healy told SEN. “They’re all in Sydney, and I think there’s going to come a time when the travel has got to be minimised.
“You can’t be shipping 100 people cross country, they’ve probably got 50 people in each party, India and Australia.
“Then there’s the broadcaster, which is probably about 130 strong, then the teams and the equipment that’s got to go.
“They transverse the country every year, they have an east coast truck with all the equipment, and then a Tasmania, South Australia and Perth truck that’s doing that circuit.
“That’s quite complicated in these times, Adelaide’s just shut down again and the first Test is in Adelaide.
If they listen to Ian Healy, fans might have to get used to this.Source:News Corp Australia
“I think somewhere across the line the best option might just be to stop travelling, and stay in New South Wales — Sydney and Canberra should host the whole summer.
“The traditional rotation around the states, they’re still trying to do, but maybe at some stage next week they’ll say we can’t.”
Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are currently set to host the Test matches. India have won just once — in 1978 — at the SCG in 12 Test matches, with six draws and five wins for Australia.
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