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Australia vs India, 1st Test, Adelaide

Australia vs India, 1st Test, Adelaide


Border restrictions are being tightened to NSW but CA are not going to rush into making a decision on any changes to the series

A growing outbreak of Covid-19 in Sydney’s northern beaches region is being closely monitored by Cricket Australia as state governments move to tighten their borders across the nation and force early contingency planning around the SCG Test in the new year.

Multiple Sydney-based members of the broadcast production teams in Adelaide were stood down as a precaution on Friday morning and the commentator Brett Lee flew home to Sydney, while CA issued a directive to all media covering the Test match to report if they had visited the northern beaches region in the past three weeks.

The cluster centered around Avalon beach to Sydney’s north is currently at 28 cases and counting, although New South Wales Health has successfully contact traced all but one of these. The region north of the Spit Bridge is currently under stay-at-home orders, but the South Australian and Victorian borders – both critical to the continuing Test series between Australia and India – remain open to NSW.

Victoria’s state government has announced a permit system for NSW visitors to the south, while at the same time advising their own residents not to visit Sydney for the time being.

This much is vital for the injured David Warner who remains in Sydney with his family while he recovers from a groin strain with a view to playing in Melbourne on Boxing Day. CA is understood to have remained in constant dialogue with the Melbourne Cricket Club around ensuring a pitch is ready for playing back-to-back Tests at the MCG in the event of Sydney’s outbreak growing further.

However, the governing body is adamant it will not make binding decisions too quickly, while also noting that the current situation in Sydney underlines the prudence of maintaining hub protocols around the India series and the concurrent BBL, which has matches scheduled to be played in Tasmania, Queensland, the ACT and South Australia over the next two weeks.

CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley was due to speak on radio with rights holding broadcasters shortly before play on Friday.

More to come

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig


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