India vs Australia: Good News! Chances of 1st Test in Adelaide improves as govt. imposes lockdown in South Australia

The six-day lockdown in South Australia to contain COVID-19 cases has improved Adelaide’s chances of remaining the venue of the first Day/Night Test between India and Australia from December 17 even though the situation remains fluid, the state’s top medical officer has said.

South Australia has closed its borders after a sudden surge in COVID-19 positive cases, which stand at an overall 551 right now, and cricketers, including Test skipper Tim Paine, have been airlifted to New South Wales.

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South Australia’s chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier, during a press conference, admitted that there are no guarantees.

“I can’t tell you exactly…I don’t have a crystal ball,” Spurrier told reporters during a media conference.

“But what we are doing now is putting us in the best position possible to be able to have that cricket match,” she said with a note of positivity.

A lockdown will help get back to normal life including having a cricket match of great significance.

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“The reason we are doing what we are doing, which is pretty drastic…is because we want to get back to the state of having just a few restrictions and to be able to do things like have the cricket.”

Before the Tests, India and Australia will be locking horns in a limited-overs series, starting November 27 and comprising three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.