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Aus vs Ind 2020-21 – Plans continue for Gabba Test despite Brisbane’s newly announced weekend lockdown

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Decision following extensive talks with Queensland Health; Gavaskar says he understands India’s stance

Following extensive talks between Cricket Australia, the BCCI and Queensland Health, plans will continue to host the final Test of the series in Brisbane despite the city being put into a three-day lockdown from Friday evening.

The 72-hour restrictions in Brisbane, which currently expire on Monday evening, were announced by premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Thursday morning following the positive Covid-19 case in a cleaner who had worked in a quarantine hotel, which was confirmed as being the strain originating from the UK.

When asked about the prospects for the Test in Brisbane during the press conference to announce the lockdown, Palaszczuk it was “still positive talks at this stage”. The teams are due to travel on Tuesday.

The fate of the Gabba Test has been in doubt for some days with the India contingent having raised fears about the restrictions they will be placed under, only leaving the team hotel for training and practice. Yesterday it was confirmed that the BCCI had officially communicated with CA their concerns about the hotel quarantine stating that it was an unreasonable demand given the relative lack of restrictions on the general public.

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