Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell has tested negative for COVID-19 and is now “waiting for a bastard” to tell him what to do next.
When the former Test captain was forced to leave Adelaide Oval in the opening match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series – he lives on the beaches of northern Sydney – this has made remarkable news.
Chappell had been kicked out of a place where a tribune was named after him.
The Big 75-Test was told last night that it had tested negative, but that its next moves are uncertain.
“Well I’m waiting for a bastard to tell me. But I hope I get on the plane tomorrow (back to Sydney),” Chappell said. Great world of sport.
“I have no chance to be at the Boxing Day Test (as a commentary). I would say we are going to have to do it with a crew only in Melbourne.”
Chappell is one of the many personalities of Australian cricket whose professional life has been shaken by the epidemic on the northern beaches.
Former Australian paceman Brett Lee is a resident of Northern Beaches and brought home from Adelaide Oval last Friday, where he had commented, to avoid missing Christmas with his family.
A little after, Sydney-based test team members David Warner and Sean Abbott were rushed to Melbourne, so they can quarantine themselves before the rest of the team arrives for Boxing Day testing.
The outbreak has also wreaked havoc on scores of Northern Beaches residents employed by broadcasters Fox and Seven, as well as Cricket Australia staff.
Cricket Australia are determined to keep the New Years test at its traditional venue – the SCG – but the virus outbreak in Sydney could force the governing body to move the third test.
“It’s been a weird year,” Chappell said.
“You just have to get on with life – that’s how I’ve always been. Whatever you have to do, you have to do it.
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