The India-Australia Test series has suffered another blow with a fresh Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney’s northern beaches putting the host cricket board on alert.
There was a cluster of cases near the Avalon beach to Sydney’s north, which as reported by ESPNCricinfo stood at 28 at the time of reporting. Although the New South Wales health officials successfully traced all but one of these, there was panic all around.
The Spit Bridge area have been ordered to stay at home, but the South Australian and Victorian borders are still open. The entire situation was a matter of serious grievance considering David Warner is still in Sydney, recovering from his groin injury but now CA is planning to bring him to Melbourne to avoid any untoward situation later.
While multiple Sydney-based members of the broadcast production teams in Adelaide were stood down, Gavin Robertson, Brad Haddin, and Matt White, who were part of the SEN commentary team, flew home to Sydney earlier.
Even the media members covering the Test were asked to report if they had visited the northern beaches region in the past three weeks.
Melbourne alternate venue for Sydney Test
If the situation grows further, making Sydney unable to host the third Test match, Cricket Australia have discussed with Victoria state association to prepare multiple pitches for the worst-case scenario. Lest the Sydney border closes, Melbourne is primed to host two back-to-back matches.