India tour of Australia: SCG begins pitch preparation in case Boxing Day Test is moved out of MCG

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The Sydney Cricket Ground might be in line to host the enduring Boxing Day Test between India and Australia later this yr after the town of Melbourne skilled a steep rise within the count of Covid-19 cases. The Boxing Day Test is historically held on the Melbourne Cricket Ground, however with Victoria confirming a complete of 14,200 cases and further, different venues are rising as contenders to host the Test if it’s moved out.

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The four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy, scheduled to start out December three later this yr, kicks off at Brisbane, adopted by Test matches at Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Initially, the Optus Stadium in Perth was anticipated to exchange the MCG, earlier than Adelaide emerged because the front-runner. The Adelaide Cricket Ground remains to be anticipated to be the primary choice to function a alternative however the SCG is eager as nicely, and holding in thoughts the state of affairs, as on Saturday, the venue began getting ready a pitch.

“We’d be very happy to host it because it’s a major event and it’s good for Sydney, and people like coming to Sydney, and we have the capacity to host it if that’s what Cricket Australia want to do,” SCG Trust chairman Tony Shepherd advised the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Provided that’s the case, the SCG will maintain back-to-back Test matches because the stadium was already scheduled to stage the fourth and concluding Test of the sequence. Although it might take some effort to host consecutive Tests, Shepherd is assured of pulling out all of the stops, and given the proportion of Indian inhabitants within the metropolis, the prospect of an SCG double-header guarantees to garner further reputation.

“It would mean they would have to delay our Test if it went for five days through to December 30. We’ll need a six-day period to get the oval ready. For a Test match it has to be perfect, you can’t have second-grade stuff,” Shepherd stated.

“That would be the issue for us – when do we start our own Test? You really do need a good six days’ clear time with a bit of sun in summer to get the oval and pitch ready. Our Test we want to retain because it’s special for us. Thousands of our country members come to Sydney for that event and stay. It’s a great tradition for us. They would love both events, a double-header would be fabulous.”

A day after Christmas, December 26 is widely known within the United Kingdom and plenty of Commonwealth nations, together with Australia, New Zealand, and Canada as Boxing Day. In Australia, the enduring Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) hosts the Boxing Day Test match yearly from December 26 to 30 between the Australian aspect and any aspect which is on that exact tour. The first Boxing Day Test match happened between Australia and England in 1950.

India has performed Boxing Day Test matches in Australia in 1985, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2018. With six months to go, issues may or may not enhance in time. The participation of followers can be an element for the Boxing Day Test, which normally sees an attendance as much as 95000 on Day of the Test.

[Attribution HT]

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