The COVID-19 positive cases in Victoria have forced the health officials in Queensland to lock the borders in order to save the rest of Australia. The boxing-day Test between Australia and India was awaited by many and now is hanging with a thread amidst the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Recently, Australia was declared as ‘almost COVID-19 free’ with only a few cases active. The health authorities gave green signals to kick off the sports activities. Cricket seemed to be resume but after a sudden rise, the ODI series against Zimbabwe has been declared as cancelled. The series was to take place in August but the health ministers will be first tackling with the deadly health situation that has shocked everyone.
Cricket Australia were already drowning financially amidst no cricket. The test series against India might have been a boost up but as 75 new positive cases have been reported at Victoria, the boxing-day test seems to be in danger.
The two sides were ready to play four test matches starting from 3rd December in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide. However, if the situation further deteriorates, venues might be shifted or tour can be cancelled.
India Australia boxing-day Test in danger after Victoria digs out more COVID-19 cases
According to the former Test skipper, The Optus Stadium can be the possible choice that holds the capacity of 60,000 people.
“Could it move? Obviously, because if you look at what is happening across Australia by Christmas time the MCG may only be able to host 10,000 or 20,000 people which will not look great for an iconic test like Australia and India,” Taylor had told ‘Channel 9’.
“You move that to Optus stadium in Perth or even Adelaide Oval you will get full venues. Adelaide, in particular, loves seeing the Indians play. The India-Pakistan game in the World Cup sold out in 52 mins or something. Those venues especially Perth will be trying hard to get that game as it would look better with full crowds,” he had added.