Ashes: Cricket Australia promises to pass Perth test
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley on Monday said the Board is “working actively and constructively” to ensure the final Ashes Test takes place in Perth while also insisting that families of the players will be allowed to make the trip to the Western Australian city.
Perth is scheduled to host the fifth Ashes Test starting January 14. But the strict Covid-19 restrictions enforced by the Western Australia government has led to doubts that the final fixture may have to be moved to another city.
“Cricket is a non-contact sport, we’ve shown through last season that our cricket-
ers are very responsible in terms of complying with all the bio-security protocols,” Hockley told The Sydney Morning Herald.
CA was faced with a similar Covid-19 situation last year during the home series against India, but pulled off all the fixtures as per schedule.
“There’s a lot of experience now of being able to play elite level sport at Perth Stadium while being in a bio-secure environment. It’d be the first Ashes Test at the new stadium... we know Perth will turn out in really big numbers.
“So we’re working very actively and constructively on being able to play in Perth in a way that provides a fantastic experience for both sets of players, but also keeps the WA community safe,” he added.