It was a roller coaster ride that didn’t see him complete even two days in the comment box at the Adelaide Oval Test, but Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell is finally back in Sydney.
The former Test captain, who flew to Adelaide last week to comment for the ABC on the first match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, was forced to leave Adelaide Oval because he lives on Sydney’s northern beaches.
The COVID-19 outbreak on northern beaches has seen the number of cases rise to 90 since it was first detected last week.
While Chappell tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday night, he was still unsure of his next moves when Wide World of Sports contacted him yesterday afternoon.
However, the drama finally ended when the great 75-Test was cleared to return home last night, around 9 p.m.
“The flight I originally planned to take this morning – they canceled it and the opportunity presented itself last night, and I grabbed it,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
“I don’t need to quarantine. That’s it. I took the test and it was negative, so I just have to stay indoors most of the time – really unless I’m working. shopping or something like that. “
Chappell was among a host of Australian cricket figures forced to change their movements in the wake of the Northern Beaches outbreak.
Former Australian fast Brett Lee lives on northern beaches and Last Friday had a mad rush from Adelaide, where he had commented for Fox, so as not to miss spending Christmas with his family.
The dramatic series of events continued when Sydney-based test team members David Warner and Sean Abbott flew to Melbourne last Saturday, so they can quarantine themselves before the rest of the team arrives for Boxing Day testing.
Warner and Abbott have not been to Sydney’s northern beaches since December 11, returned negative COVID-19 tests, and completed three days of self-isolation in Melbourne, meaning they have met protocols for Cricket Australia biosecurity.
However, Cricket Australia is still awaiting a word on when Warner and Abbott will be allowed to join the Australian squad, arriving in Melbourne today.
The outbreak has also caused chaos among a host of Northern Beaches residents employed by broadcasters Fox and Seven as support staff, as well as staff at Cricket Australia.
Chappell said his chaotic trip to Adelaide left him upset.
“It was disappointing and frustrating,” said Chappell.
“You go there to work and you want to work, and when you know there’s cricket five minutes away and you can’t work on it, it’s a little frustrating.”