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South Africa pushes back lifeline of Cricket Australia test tour

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Acting Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley has revealed South Africa has rejected a lifeline offered to save the Test series.

CA chose yesterday to postpone the next tour in South Africa, Hockley revealing that health experts warned players could be exposed to ‘unacceptable’ health and safety risks due to the country COVID-19 crisis.

According to Hockley, CA has offered to host the tour as an alternate option for Cricket South Africa, with a series kicking off in Perth in March. However, this proposal was rejected by the CSA.

“We will be working over the coming weeks and months when we can possibly postpone the series. We have offered to host the series here, but Cricket South Africa has made it clear that they have a lot of other commitments and quarantine periods, and it was not feasible, ”he said.

“We have certainly made the official offer to host. Cricket South Africa, and we fully respect him, has expressed his position very, very clearly.

“We’ll be working on when we can reschedule the tour, which is what we really want to do, over the weeks and months to come.

“We worked as hard as we could to get there, but got to a point where people would have to follow pre-departure protocols and enter biosecurity environments in preparation (to travel).

“We gave each other every hit and we couldn’t have left it later.”

Hockley also confirmed that Cricket Australia will not make any complaints to the ICC about Australia missing out on a chance to secure a spot for the Test World Championship final.

“I think we all knew the rules. I think that’s what made this decision really, really difficult,” he added.

“We did everything we could to get the tour going, but at the end of the day we had to listen to the overwhelming medical advice. We won’t be pursuing this with the ICC, but that’s just another reason not being able to tour is so disappointing. “

Cricket AustraliaThe decision taken yesterday to postpone the tour was not well taken by the South African council, which shortly after CA’s decision expressed their frustrations.

“We are extremely disappointed with CA’s decision,” Cricket manager Graeme Smith said in the statement. “The CSA has worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to ensure that we meet all of CA’s expectations.

“This tour was to be the longest in a (bio-secure environment) including a three-match test series that was to begin with the arrival of Australia later in the month. So be informed of the decision of the ‘AC at the eleventh hour is frustrating. “

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