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Perth Ashes Test To Be Cancelled, Venue Swap Denied

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Perth Ashes Test To Be Cancelled, Venue Swap Denied

Due to reports the fifth Ashes Test, which is currently scheduled to be held in Perth on 14-18 January, will be moved to either the MCG or Hobart, the Western Australia (WA) Government has proposed swapping hosting rights with South Australia, who is set to host the second Test.

With the WA Government confirming recently they would not be providing COVID-19 travel and quarantine exemptions for athletes, families or staff, Cricket Australia is expected to announce the fifth Test will be relocated out of Perth this week.

In response to this, WA sport and recreation minister, Tony Buti, told The West Australian the second Test at Adelaide Oval should be moved to Perth and the fifth Test should take place at Adelaide Oval.

“If cricket (Cricket Australia) isn’t able to meet our border rules for the fifth Test in Perth, then they should move the second Test to Perth instead,” Buti said.

“It’s a no-brainer.

“As long as Queensland stays COVID-free then the teams can fly in ahead of the pink ball day-night Test.

“The simple solution would be to bring that Test here while South Australia manages its COVID outbreak.

“Adelaide can then host the fifth Test originally scheduled for Perth.

“They could fly straight into Perth after the Brisbane Test.

“Then no one will need to worry about quarantine and COVID protocols, just like Cairns Taipans played (Perth) Wildcats on Sunday at RAC Arena.

“Optus Stadium can be made available to host the second Test that’s currently scheduled for Adelaide Oval between December 16 and 20,” he said.

This proposal from the WA Government would have seen both teams allowed to enter Perth from Brisbane without quarantine requirements, due to the lack of border restrictions between the two states.

In response to the proposal, the South Australian Cricket Association has shut down the potential move, with acting CEO, Jodie Newton, saying: “The second Ashes Test will proceed at Adelaide Oval in 10 days’ time.”

“There has been no suggestion that a schedule change for the Adelaide Test will be considered.

“The Adelaide day-night Test is the biggest annual event in South Australia, and no tour is bigger than the Ashes…

“Adelaide Oval is a global icon and historic ground with a proud reputation of delivering incredible Test matches,” Newton said.

While the MCG and Hobart have been reported as the most likely options to host the fifth Test in replacement of Perth, NSW and Brisbane are still in the running for the last minute hosting rights change.

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