The Australian men’s cricket team will quarantine at the new Adelaide Oval hotel as negotiations continue over hosting rights for the upcoming Test Series against India.
- The Australian men’s cricket team will arrive in Adelaide on Friday
- Cricket Australia is negotiating over the host venue for the Test Series
- SA is considering widening the coronavirus ‘buffer zone’ for border communities
SA Premier Steven Marshall today announced that eight members of the team would be quarantining in the venue when it returns to Australia.
The players will fly into Adelaide on Friday after the three-match ODI series in England.
Mr Marshall said the quarantine training arrangement set the stage for an exciting summer of cricket at Adelaide Oval, with a number of events still under negotiation with Cricket Australia.
“We know that Cricket Australia is wanting to get their Sheffield Shield underway, there’s been talk about a hub,” he said.
“We’re also in negotiations with Cricket Australia of course for the Test Series.
SA Cricket Association chief executive Keith Bradshaw said Adelaide Oval could host more cricket than it ever has before this coming summer, despite the pandemic.
“It’s a really challenging summer ahead and yet we potentially could have more content than we’ve ever had in our history,” he said.
“One, two Test matches potentially, some white ball cricket … we’re in negotiations with Cricket Australia for the first four rounds of Sheffield Shield cricket to be played here too.
Players supervised in Adelaide Oval ‘bio-secure zone’
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr Emily Kirkpatrick said the players’ movements would be “severely restricted” to ensure they pose no coronavirus transmission risk to the public.
Each player will each have to return a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to train at the oval.
“It will be a very secure environment,” Dr Kirkpatrick said.
“Their movements are severely restricted but they will still be able to undertake their usual requirements that they would need to remain conditioned, undertaking bowling, batting practise and also in the gym.”
She said the cricketers would have “no contact with the community” and train in “cohorts” of three or four.
SA government weighs relaxing coronavirus restrictions
Meanwhile, South Australia’s COVID-19 Transition Committee has been considering relaxing border restrictions with New South Wales.
It is also considering widening the buffer zone for cross-border communities on the Victorian border.
The 40-kilometre buffer zone allows limited border crossings for non-essential workers who live in border towns close to the SA-Victoria border.
“We’re looking to see the incubation cycle sees no cases there … we also want to make sure we don’t change it and then put it back in place very quickly,” he said.
The Premier said the committee was also “getting closer and closer to lifting” the 14-day isolation requirement for travellers from New South Wales.
He added that South Australia was looking at raising the number of returning Australian citizens that it can accept each week.