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Several players were airlifted, including Australian Test captain Tim Paine, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschen, Joe Burns.
Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday shifted its players to a safe place by air lift. CA has shifted the players involved in the series against India from Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland to Sydney. CA has told ESPN Cricinfo that this decision has been taken to remove any kind of blockage in the series against India.
Many players including Tim Paine and Matthew Wade were air-lifted
According to ESPN Cricinfo, players such as Australian Test captain Tim Paine, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschen, Joe Burns, Michael Nasser, Mitchell Swepson, Cameron Green, Travis Head and Kane Richardson were air-lifted. All these players were shifted to New South Wales.
Australian Players shifted to Coffs Harbor, New South Wales
Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland sealed their borders on Monday due to rising cases of corona in South Australia. CA also shifted players from several teams, including Big Bash League team Adelaide Strikers and South Australia, to Coffs Harbor in New South Wales. The BBL opening matches, starting on 10 December, will be played in Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. Whereas, no match will be played in Adelaide before 28 December.
CA CEO thanks players and staff
Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hawkley said, “We have moved several people in the last 24 hours, taking a pro-active approach. We do not want our domestic and international schedules to be disturbed. I want to thank the players and staff for understanding the current situation. Thank you for contributing to make cricket a success in Australia.
No player visited hot spots
Nick also thanked Cricket Australia officials for making quick decisions. The CA has also confirmed that during the Sheffield Shield in Adelaide last week no domestic player visited the “hot spot” identified by the South Australian Department of Health. However, the board has also instructed all the players to conduct the Kovid test.
Cricket Australia committed to conduct day-night test
Earlier, the board said that they are committed to conduct a pink ball test against India in Adelaide. This match to be held on 17 December will be India’s third day-night Test match. CA had said that they are monitoring the situation and we expect Australia to host a safe series.
Corona virus outbreak in Adelaide
Due to the corona in Adelaide, many states such as West Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory sealed their borders. Also, an order was issued to quarantine all the people coming from Adelaide for 14 days from Monday. There were 4 reported cases of corona in Adelaide on Sunday. At the same time, on Monday, this figure had risen to 17.