Australia-India Boxing Day Test: Former Australian captain wants the iconic Test to be played in front of spectators.
With numerous series getting postponed around the globe, there is no hiding to the fact that India’s tour of Australia later this year is undoubtedly among the most looked-forwarded cricketing contests this year.
A primary reason behind the same is that the Cricket Australia has expressed keen interest in hosting India unlike other tournament whose future remains uncertain till date.
Australia-India Boxing Day Test
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has opened up on the prospect of shifting the Australia-India Boxing Day Test to another venue citing the threat caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.
“If you look at what’s happening around Australia, by Christmas time the MCG may only be able to host 10,000-20,000 people, which is not going to look great when you’ve got a real iconic Test match,” Taylor was quoted as saying by Nine’s Sports on Sunday.
In the recent past, Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison had allowed the inclusion of up to 10,000 spectators sports stadiums. While the same is likely to increase in the future, Taylor doesn’t wish to witness an iconic Test with minimal crowd and subsequently opened up on the possibility of playing the match at some other venue.
“You move that match to Optus Stadium or even the Adelaide Oval, you’re going to get full venues. The Adelaide Oval and Optus Stadium will be working hard to try and get that game because they would look better with full crowds,” Taylor said with respect to proving alternatives for the Boxing Day Test.