The Boxing Day Test between India and Australia, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, might feature crowds with the Victoria government saying that it is “very confident” of having fans in the stands for the much-awaited encounter between the heavyweights.
After being in lockdown for over four months due to the COVID-19 hiatus, Melbourne will soon start reopening following a reported decline in the number of cases in the state. The much-awaited India-Australia Test series starts mid-December with the traditional Boxing Day Test lined up for December 26.
The head of government in the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews said he is “very confident” that fans will be able to attend and the administration is “working towards” it.
“The Boxing Day Test of course is very different because that is some way off. I am very confident that we will get a crowd at the MCG for the Boxing Day Test,” Andrews was quoted as saying by ‘cricket.com.au’.
“I don’t know how big it will be but there will be a crowd, that’s the advice that I have, that’s what we’re working towards.” India’s tour of Australia will consist of three T20Is, as many ODIs and four Test matches. It is set to get underway from November 27.
Sydney and Canberra are likely to host the white-ball leg while the four-match Test series is starting with a D/N pink-ball match in Adelaide from December 17. Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney are the venues of the other three Tests.
The Indian team will travel to Sydney immediately after the on-going IPL
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