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Third test to play at SCG after Cricket Australia COVID-19 crisis talks

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The SCG will keep the traditional New Year’s test after the marathon talks between Cricket Australia and state governments after the COVID-19 epidemic of northern Sydney beaches.

Cricket Australia has obtained approval from Indian cricket board after obtaining exemptions that will allow the third Test to stay in Sydney and the fourth Test to stay in Brisbane.

Broadcast staff have been given exemptions to cross the NSW-Queensland border between tests, but players will be forced to comply with stricter quarantine regulations.

Acting Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said the decision came after health advice from the NSW government.

“We have met regularly over the past week to assess the evolving public health situation in Sydney and measure its impact on border restrictions across the country,” he said in a statement. lake.

“To date, we have been able to provide you with a safe and successful summer thanks to our detailed biosecurity protocols and the incredible work of so many great people behind the scenes.

“To that end, we’ve made the decision to keep the New Years Test at SCG, which has a wonderful recent history of hosting Pink Test and Jane McGrath Day on day three of play.

“We are confident that this match and the Fourth Test in Brisbane will be a safe and successful way to complete what has been a magnificent international men’s program this summer.

“We are very grateful to the governments of New South Wales and Queensland for their willingness to work with us to deliver the series as planned in a way that places the safety and well-being of players, officials, the staff and the wider community as its top priority.

“In response to the public health situation in New South Wales and the demands of the Queensland government, CA will be implementing appropriate biosecurity measures and we thank all players, staff and broadcasters for their cooperation in playing the game. safe matches.

“We especially thank BCCI for their continued support of the initial schedule, as our respective teams go head to head in the most exciting series.”

The decision to keep the test at SCG means Jane McGrath Day will take place as usual, and Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath has said a new “digital initiative” is in the works.

“We are delighted that the Vodafone Pink Test is still taking place at SCG. It is the birthplace of the Pink Test and the spirit and crowd support for the SCG has become a big part of the Pink Test atmosphere over the past 12 years. “He said in the AC statement.

“In the next few days, we’ll be announcing our exciting new digital initiative for this year’s Pink Test, which will allow people to get involved whether they’re in the stadium or watching from home.

“The Vodafone Pink Test is one of our main fundraising events of the year, so we hope people across Australia will help keep the ‘pink’ in the Pink Test and show their support by visiting to find out how they can be involved. “

The third Test is scheduled to begin on January 7, before the series finale which will take place at Gabba from January 15.

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