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Cricket Australia assesses alarming new fix for testing schedule after COVID-19 outbreak on northern Sydney beaches

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It wasn’t until earlier this week that the New Years Test was uncertain to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground, but the iconic Moore Park venue could now host two of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series matches, as COVID-19 continues to inflict havoc on Cricket Australia.

While the virus outbreak on the beaches of northern Sydney originally forced Cricket Australia to consider giving MCG or Gabba a second game, The Daily Telegraph and ESPN Cricinfo say the governing body is in the process of to rethink its plans following the latest Queensland government decision. move.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced that the state’s southern border has been closed to Greater Sydney, meaning broadcasters and Cricket Australia staff may find it difficult to travel to Brisbane for the fourth test.

David Warner and Sean Abbott will not feature in Test Series until at least Game 3, which is set to begin on January 7, after the duo were excluded from the Boxing Day test because they were in Sydney too recently.

Cricket Australia rushed the pair to Melbourne on Saturday so they can self-quarantine before the rest of the team arrives for Boxing Day testing.

But this is not a major headache for Cricket Australia because Warner would not have recovered from his groin injury in time, while Abbott would only have deserved a recall if a mainline rapid was injured.

The fourth test is scheduled to start on January 15.

Australia have a 1-0 lead in the series after knocking out the Indians for just 36 – their lowest innings in test history – at Adelaide Oval.

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