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Update SCG holds on to third India-Australia Test
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Cricket Australia has confirmed that the third Test between Australia and India from January 7 2021 will be held in Sydney, despite a recent and fresh outbreak of COVID-19 cluster in New South Wales threatened to scupper those plans.

While CA always maintained their committment to host the third Test in Sydney, MCG, where the second Test of the series has just concluded, had emerged as the back-up venue. On Tuesday however, the board confirmed that after several rounds of meetings to take into consideration the impact of the recent outbreak of covid-19 in the Northern beaches of Sydney, it was decided to have the New Year's Test at the SCG as per original schedule.

"Despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am delighted to say Cricket Australia remains on track to deliver the men's international series as scheduled," Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley said.

"We have met regularly over the past week to assess the unfolding public health situation in Sydney and gauge its impact on border restrictions around the country. To date, we have been able to deliver a safe and successful summer thanks to our detailed biosecurity protocols and the amazing work of so many great people behind the scenes.

"To that end, we have made the decision to keep the New Year's Test at the SCG, which has a wonderful recent history of hosting the Pink Test and Jane McGrath Day on the third day of play.

With the third Test now in Sydney and the fourth in Brisbane, Hockley confirmed that the board worked closely with the New South Wales and Queensland governments to deliver the series as planned. Should a lockdown and any border restrictions still be in place when the third Test ends, CA might require special exemptions that would allow players, match officials, broadcasters, media and staff to move to Brisbane.

"We are very grateful to the New South Wales and Queensland Governments for their willingness to work with us to deliver the series as planned in a manner that places the safety and wellbeing of the players, officials, staff and the wider community as its top priority."

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