The Adelaide Strikers pair are unavailable to face Brisbane Heat due to restrictions on anyone who has been in Greater Sydney since December 9
Carey and Conway were part of the Australia A side that played in Sydney on December 11 to 14 against India at the SCG. Despite Carey playing in Hobart on Sunday night, the pair were forced to miss the flight to Queensland with the remainder of the Strikers and Sydney Sixers players and were instead flown to Adelaide where they will prepare for the Strikers’ match against the Perth Scorchers on December 28.
CA was made aware of the Queensland government’s imminent border closure for people who had been in Greater Sydney from December 9 on Sunday. The Queensland government advised that anyone who had been in the Greater Sydney area would be required to do 14 days quarantine when arriving in Queensland after 1am December 21.
The Queensland government’s decision directly affected the Australia A players in the BBL travelling from Tasmania to Queensland on Monday but not the players in the Australia Test squad who have already been cleared for travel exemptions to Melbourne from Adelaide.
Carey and Conway were the only two Australia A players who were unable to get to Queensland ahead of the restrictions because of their participation in the Strikers match against the Sixers on Sunday night.
The pair were available to play on Sunday night in Hobart due to the fact that the Tasmanian government had not yet imposed any quarantine rules on people who had travelled from Greater Sydney after December 9.
Queensland’s border closure has also impacted the Melbourne Stars who will be without Nic Maddinson for their next BBL match against the Sixers on the Gold Coast on Boxing Day.
Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Adam Zampa, and Seb Gotch were all granted leave from the BBL bubble after their last match against the Perth Scorchers on December 16 in Launceston.
Maddinson was unable to get to Queensland in time prior to the border closure and he has gone straight to Canberra for the Stars’ clash with the Sydney Thunder on December 29.
Zampa is currently in New South Wales but he is in Byron Bay, well clear of the Greater Sydney area, and hasn’t been in that area since it was declared a Covid hotspot. He is due to link up with the Stars squad prior to their clash on the Gold Coast on Boxing Day and there are currently no concerns about his availability.
CA was able to fly all of the other Australia A players involved in the game against India in Sydney into Queensland ahead of the border closure and therefore none of them are required to quarantine and will be available to play in the respective BBL matches in Queensland.
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