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


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

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

“We’d be very blissful to host it as a result of it’s a serious occasion and it’s good for Sydney, and other people like coming to Sydney, and we have now the capability to host it if that’s what Cricket Australia need to do,” SCG Belief chairman Tony Shepherd advised the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Supplied that’s the case, the SCG will maintain back-to-back Check matches because the stadium was already scheduled to stage the fourth and closing Check of the sequence. Though it might take some effort to host consecutive Checks, 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 extra reputation.

“It could imply they must delay our Check if it went for 5 days by way of to December 30. We’ll want a six-day interval to get the oval prepared. For a Check match it needs to be excellent, you’ll be able to’t have second-grade stuff,” Shepherd mentioned.

“That will be the difficulty for us – when will we begin our personal Check? You actually do want a very good six days’ clear time with a little bit of solar in summer season to get the oval and pitch prepared. Our Check we need to retain as a result of it’s particular for us. 1000’s of our nation members come to Sydney for that occasion and keep. It’s an awesome custom for us. They might love each occasions, a double-header can be fabulous.”

A day after Christmas, December 26 is widely known in the UK and lots of Commonwealth nations, together with Australia, New Zealand, and Canada as Boxing Day. In Australia, the enduring Melbourne Cricket Floor (MCG) hosts the Boxing Day Check match yearly from December 26 to 30 between the Australian aspect and any aspect which is on that specific tour. The primary Boxing Day Check match passed off between Australia and England in 1950.

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



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