Indian Cricket Team News: The uncertainty surrounding India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test match has been ended as BCCI and CA jointly give a nod over the Final Test to be played from Jan 15-19 at The Gabba. The BCCI has decided to stick to the original schedule after the Queensland government assured that the hard lockdown due to a new UK variant Covid-19 case will end on Monday evening. However, the match will be played with a capacity of just 50 percent. Ahead of the recent cases, the ground was due to be able to have a full crowd.
Ajinkaya Rahane led Team India is all set to leave for Brisbane on Tuesday. The visitors will be the happier side with this result and the series stands at 1-1 with the final to go. India will now be heading to The Gabba with a chance of repeating their 2-1 Test series triumph in Australia in 2018-2019, although the hosts have not lost a Test at the Brisbane ground since 1988.
"Acting on the advice of the Queensland Health and the Queensland Government, Cricket Australia and Stadiums Queensland are working together to ensure the safety of patrons attending the Brisbane Test on January 15, with a crowd capacity of 50% at The Gabba," the CA said.
On Monday, R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari showcased grit and determination as Team India managed to salvage a draw in Sydney and keep the four-Test match series alive. Pant, Pujara, Vihari, and Ashwin are the heroes for India on a gripping final day of the third Test. A battered and bruised India lost only three wickets on the final day against Australia in Sydney. Social media has abuzz with the cricket fraternity, fans among others saluting Team India's resilience at SCG.
Earlier, there were briefly doubts raised on the final Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series when a case of COVID-19 from the UK strain being reported in Brisbane with a three-day lockdown being announced last week. The BCCI has written to CA about the relaxation of hard quarantine rules in Brisbane as that would have confined the Indian squad to the hotel, some Indian players had strong reservations regarding this.
After final talks between senior officials from both contingent on Sunday, the schedule has been implemented for the last time and the squads will travel on Tuesday following the conclusion of the third Test. India will then fly home after the completion of the fourth and final Test.