Playing entire India series in Adelaide gets Head’s nod
MELBOURNE: Australia vice captain Travis Head backed on Thursday the idea of playing the entire test series against India in a bio-secure Adelaide Oval to ensure the lucrative fixture goes ahead later this year.
Cricket Australia (CA) is banking heavily on the series, reportedly worth A$300 million ($195 million) in revenue, to help it cope with a financial crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) has pitched Adelaide Oval as a test hub for the series which might end up being played behind closed doors and at a single venue because of travel and other restrictions forced by the pandemic.
Head said his home ground, where an on-site hotel was being constructed, could handle the pressure of hosting consecutive matches.
"If it comes down to that, I know that it will definitely be able to cope and withstand back-to-back test matches," said the South Australia skipper.
"We ve had instances where there ll be A-League games, rugby league or concerts going on and… the (curator) has been able to prepare a wicket and drop it in the middle of the square, day of the game or two days out of the game.
"And you wouldn’t even notice as a player."
The Indian cricket board has said the tourists would be ready to spend two weeks in quarantine in Australia if that helped the tour go ahead as planned. - Reuters