Perth was desperately waiting for their chance to host a Test match. Due to the political situation in Afghanistan, the one-off debut match between Australia and Afghanistan has been put on hold. Being scheduled for the 5th test earlier, the match could have been a series decider with a lot of interest from the fans and commercials. But Western Australia’s another 14-day mandatory quarantine has compelled Cricket Australia to axe Perth from the venue.
Coach Justin Langer expressed his disappointment earlier as he has not been able to meet his family since September and will now have to wait till February. Now Shane Warne has taken to social media to call the Western Australia government’s another 2 weeks quarantine rule “Absurd and Ridiculous”.
It is worth noting that all the players are double vaccinated and will have served the 14-day quarantine rule. They have already made sacrifices by being in bio-security for the last few months. Bio-security has become sort of mandatory for all cricketing activities at the International level but many players have spoken about the mental challenges of being in it for a long time.
Forecasting that Perth is likely to get annexed from the 5th playing test, the WA cricket officials placed their bid to acquire the 2nd test match as the players would not be required to undergo quarantine as they will coming from Brisbane. The move came under scrutiny from the public and sports writers fraternity.
Australia has gone for Travis’s head over Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc over Jhye Richardson for the first Ashes Test. Pat Cummins will debut as the captain of Australia after the stepping down of Tim Paine due to the ‘sexting scandal’. England has ruled out James Anderson due to injury concerns. They are also without the services of Jofra Archer and Olly stone and would be heavily relying on Marc Wood.
Would really love Hobart or Canberra for 5th test, but …. : Shane Warne
While Warner wants Hobart or Canberra as the venue for the 5th test, he believes the sitting capacity of only 11000 might now allow Cricket Australia to stage the test match over there. The last test could be a series decider and therefore, huge crowds can be expected. He suggested Melbourne Cricket Ground would be good as nearly 70000 – 80000 people can watch the game.
Australia is the favourite of the Ashes as they are coming off good form from their maiden World Cup win in Dubai. David Warner will be looking to target Stuart Broad as the bowler got the better of him in the last outing in England Ashes.