Australia vs India: Tim Paine, Marnus Labuschagne airlifted to New South Wales after fresh COVID-19 outbreak

Australia vs India: Tim Paine, Marnus Labuschagne airlifted to New South Wales after fresh COVID-19 outbreak

Melbourne: As an emergent measure, a number of members of the Australian Test squad have been on Tuesday airlfited from South Australia, following a Covid-19 outbreak there, to New South Wales to save lots of a home season, which features a full sequence towards India, from full disruption because of the pandemic.

The gamers, airlifted by Cricket Australia (CA) in a constitution flight, embrace Test gamers Tim Paine, the captain, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade, and Travis Head, apart from these a part of Australia ‘A’ workforce and people who will compete within the T20 Big Bash League (BBL) beginning subsequent month.

South Australia had on Sunday introduced a brand new Covid-19 cluster, because the variety of instances shortly grew to 17 on Monday. The numbers, nonetheless, fell to 5 on Tuesday.

Following this, the governments of Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory introduced border closures, with Queensland to impose a two-week lodge quarantine on all guests from Adelaide from 11.59pm on Monday. Thereafter, CA and BBL golf equipment moved quickly to make sure that all gamers left the affected state.

These strikes, based on an ESPNcricinfo report, included a constitution flight particularly to move all gamers and workers from the Adelaide Strikers to a coaching camp in Coffs Harbour.

The gamers, who’re a part of the Australia ODI and T20Is squads, travelled to Sydney to start their preparation for each the sequence towards India, starting November 27.

As a results of the mass airlift, the likes of Paine, Labuschagne, Wade, Head, and Green bid a fast farewell to their household and mates.

India and Australia will play three ODIs and three T20Is starting November 27. The two groups will then compete in a four-Test sequence for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, starting with the day-night Test on the Adelaide Oval from December 17.

“Players and staff from Western Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland who are part of the Australian men’s One-day International and Twenty20 International squads are traveling to Sydney today [Tuesday] to commence their preparation for both series. This decision was made after players returning from the Sheffield Shield hub in South Australia after the last round were subject to changes in border conditions by the aforementioned state governments,” CA stated in an announcement.

Nick Hockley, CA’s interim CEO, stated the steps have been taken to make sure the summer time schedule wouldn’t be compromised by the brand new border restrictions by the states.

“CA has taken a pro-active approach and mobilised a number of people across the country over the past 24 hours to shore up our men’s domestic and international schedules. CA will continue to monitor the situation in South Australia and the resulting border restrictions around the country,” he stated.

“As ever, we will remain agile in addressing the challenges presented by the pandemic and remain more confident than ever of hosting a safe and successful summer across all formats.”

CA stated it stays “committed to hosting” the primary Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy towards India in Adelaide. It additional stated that “none of the players in Adelaide for the Marsh Sheffield Shield visited the “scorching spots” identified by SA Health”.

“CA has nonetheless instructed all players to undergo Covid-19 tests, with all results received thus far returning negative,” it stated.

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