The opening Take a look at towards India generally is a red-ball contest in Brisbane as a substitute of a pink-ball recreation in Adelaide within the occasion a venue change is required as a result of a surge in COVID-19 circumstances in South Australia, quick bowler Josh Hazlewood hinted on Wednesday.
Hazlewood stated his teammates would not thoughts the Gabba as a back-up venue although he nonetheless expects the sport to go forward as scheduled in Adelaide from December 17 to 21.
“The longer we wait, the warmer it will get up there, so the quicks would all be completely happy to get that recreation achieved in December,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“We clearly have a extremely good document up there (Brisbane) and it is an awesome place to start out.”
Adelaide has been grappling with rising COVID circumstances for the previous few days, forcing South Australia to announce a six-day lockdown whereas rasing doubts over the feasibility of internet hosting the opening recreation of the four-match collection within the metropolis.
The day-night Take a look at is scheduled to start out on December 17, with Hazlewood and teammates slated to reach in Adelaide on December 9 after the restricted overs engagements towards the visiting Indians.
Regardless that it’s exploring different avenues, Cricket Australia stays dedicated to internet hosting the opener at Adelaide.
Historically, Brisbane has at all times hosted the opening Take a look at of the Australian summer time.
The 29-year-old Hazlewood additionally stated the pink ball shouldn’t be used anyplace aside from Adelaide in the course of the collection.
“He (curator Damian Hough) has acquired the wicket excellent at Adelaide for a pink-ball Take a look at,” Hazlewood stated.
“Just a few grounds round Australia are too abrasive or too onerous, such because the Gabba or Perth. These wickets are too onerous for a pink ball, it goes fairly smooth after a sure period of time.
“May very well be pink ball (first Take a look at in) Melbourne or Brisbane or someplace, then we head again to Adelaide in a while in the summertime.
“From all experiences (gathered), we’re nonetheless good for Adelaide however it could actually at all times change .. . hopefully they’ll get on high of it within the subsequent week or two.
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