IND vs AUS: Team India will play the first match of the four-Test series against Australia on December 17, which will begin with the historical first Day-Night Test with the Pink Ball in Adelaide. But now the clouds of the crisis have started looming over the Adelaide Test. As the COVID-19 cases have started increasing in South Australia. In such a crunch situation, the question is arising whether Adelaide will be able to host the first test or not. However, CA says that the first Test against India here from December 17 will be scheduled on time.
As once again the coronavirus explodes in Adelaide on Monday forced Australian players, including captain Tim Paine, Matthew Wade and other team-mates into self-isolation. It also causes other Australian states like Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory to close all the borders with South Australia and impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all visitors among Adelaide from Monday onwards as the number of cases had gone up.
The Indian team led by Virat Kohli and those Australians who took part in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in the UAE are in 14-day quarantine in Sydney since 12 November. They will complete the isolation period a day before the ODI series which begins on November 27 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Sydney will hosts the first two matches before Canberra hosts the third ODI and the first T20I. The remaining two T20I's will also be held at teh same SCG.
Tasmanian health authorities have returned from South Australia since November 9, 2020, to an isolation period. This meant that Australian captain Tim Paine, Wade and their team-mates in the Tasmania squad, which recently completed the opening round of Sheffield Shield matches in South Australia, had to go into self-isolation.
“There is ongoing monitoring but that’s the end of the story,” a CA spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald on the match which will be a day-nighter.
”... Tasmanian Tigers Sheffield Shield squad are self-isolating as we wait for further advice from Public Health,” a Cricket Tasmania spokesman said.
“Players and staff have COVID-19 swab tests scheduled for later today.”
14-Day Quarantine mandatory for those coming from Adelaide
A big match will be played between India and Australia in Adelaide on 17 December and exactly a month ago the situation in South Australia seems to be worsened. The governments of Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have announced a 14-day hotel quarantine for all visitors coming from Adelaide on Monday in addition to closing the border with Queensland.
India has two warm-up matches against Australia A in Sydney ahead of an epic Test series, the first Test begins from December 6 - 8, followed by a historical day-night match at SCG from December 11 - 13.