Owing to a rise in the coronavirus cases in Melbourne, there might be a possibility that the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia might take place at a different venue this year.
Australia’s veteran spinner, Shane Warne isn’t too pleased with the decision and has urged Cricket Australia to stage the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground only.
“Cricket is the 2nd biggest sport in the world behind soccer(fact) & the biggest day on the Aust sporting calendar is the Boxing Day Test. We must try & do everything possible to keep it at the MCG this year. FYI- The Melb Cup & the AFL GF are the next biggest events in Aust !,” Warne wrote on his twitter handle.
Melbourne Cricket Stadium has traditionally hosted the Boxing Day Test, however, recent reports suggested that it might be held in Adelaide or Sydney this year.
Also, the Western Australia State Government has imposed strict quarantine guidelines for COVID and has categorically stated that there won’t be any relaxations on the same. As a result, Perth is out of the contention for hosting the first Test of the series.
India to tour Australia for 3T20s and 4 Tests: Border Gavaskar Series 2020
India are likely to tour Australia at the end of the year for a 3-match T-20 series followed by a four-match Test Series. India created history the last time they toured Australia for a Test series.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India won the Border Gavaskar series 2-1. With the series victory, India created the record of winning a Test series against Australia in Australia for the first time in the history of the tournament.