Cricket Australia has confirmed that Perth will not be hosting the 5th test match in January next year. The move comes as Western Australia requires 14 days of quarantine to anyone coming from outside the state. There were speculations for seven days that Perth is highly likely to axes from the 5th Test. Forecasting that the city is all set to lose another international match, the officials put in a request to host the second test match a Perth as according to the rules, the travelers from Brisbane do not need to quarantine.
Now Justin Langer has expressed his disappointment with Perth losing a test match. The pitch at Perth offers great pace bounce and had been one of the luckiest grounds for Australia. In his own words, “We’ve also, traditionally, had great success on Perth wickets due to the pace and the bounce there.”
The coach also remarked about not being able to meet the family due to continuous tours. “From a personal point of view, I left at the end of September and I won’t see my family ’til February, so that’s tough going.”
The 5th match which could have been the ultimatum if the series were poised at 2- 2 is now being considered to be played at Adelaide, which will be hosting the 2nd Test match as well. Perth was to host a debut test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Dec 2020 but the match was postponed due to Covid-19. Because of the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the match has been put on hold.