ShivaniLAST UPDATED: Nov. 17, 2020, 7:45 p.m.
New Delhi: Cricket Australia airlifted few cricketers to New South Wales from Adelaide on Tuesday as an emergent measure to save the series against India after South Australia reported new Covid-19 cases.
The players who were airlifted include captain Tim Pain, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade, and Travis Head. Besides them players of Australia 'A' and those who are prepping for T20 Big Bash League were also airlifted.
In recent few days, South Australia has seen surge in coronavirus cases, which led neighbouring states including Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania to close their borders with it.
"Players and staff from Western Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland who are part of the Australian men's One-day International and Twenty20 International squads are traveling to Sydney today [Tuesday] to commence their preparation for both series. This decision was made after players returning from the Sheffield Shield hub in South Australia after the last round were subject to changes in border conditions by the aforementioned state governments," CA said in a statement.
“CA has always maintained that it would need to be agile as border conditions change and we thank the players, coaches and staff involved for their flexibility and all parties for their support. We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves and look forward to hosting a safe and successful summer across all formats.”
According to a report of ESPNcricinfo report, the players were airlifted in a charter flight which transported all players and staff from the Adelaide strikers to a training camp in Coffs Harbour.
India and Australia have a lengthy tour coming which will commence from November 27. The two teams will clash in three ODIs and three T20s followed by Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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