• Aussie tour in search of new venue

    Australia’s tour of South Africa early next year may very well be moved to the city of Perth after the recent bio-bubble drama with England in Cape Town.

    Cricket South Africa is set to welcome the Australians in three Test matches, starting on 13 February, as part of the World Test Championship.

    But, ESPN CricInfo reports discussions have taken place between CSA and Cricket Australia about the possibility of contesting the series in Western Australia.

    The ODI series between the Proteas and England was called off on Monday after the first and second encounter was abandoned due to a Covid-19 case in the Proteas camp and a false positive case from the England squad.

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    It has since emerged that the English players refused to take the field on Monday after a three-hour meeting with the ECB encouraging them to do so.

    Both teams resided at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town and were only able to complete the three-match T20I series.

    The issue casted a big shadow of doubt over CSA’s ability to safely host touring sides in a bio-secure bubble, with Sri Lanka set to arrive in the country next week.

    The report further states that should the series be held in Australia instead, the broadcasting revenue would still be handed to CSA as the hosts.

    It will also mean that the new state-of-the-art Optus Stadium in Perth would be the venue.

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    Andre Huisamen