Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor says the Boxing day test between India and Australia should be played with spectators in the stadium. He also said that the match should not be played in MCG as corona cases are increasing in the Victoria region of Australia.
According to former Australian batsman venues like the Optus stadium in Perth and Adelaide Oval should be given the rights to host the prestigious match, as the situation is under control at these places.
India will tour Australia in October for 3 T20Is, after that Australia will host the T20 world cup from 18th October to 15th November. The story doesn’t end here as Australia will again host India for 4 test matches and 3 ODIs. Boxing day test match will be played on 26th December and the New Year test will be on 3rd January.
Boxing day test should be played in Perth or Adelaide says, Mark Taylor
Taylor told to ‘Channel 9’, “Could it move? Because if you look at what is happening across Australia by Christmas time the MCG may only be able to host 10,000 or 20,000 people which will not look great for an iconic test like Australia and India.”
He added, “You move that to Optus stadium in Perth or even Adelaide Oval you will get full venues. Adelaide in particular loves seeing the Indians play. The India-Pakistan game in the World Cup sold out in 52 mins or something.”
Most players tend to forget the crowd once they’re in the heat of the battle: Tim Paine
Australian captain recently talked about the presence of spectators in the stadium. He said, “I don’t think it (no crowd) should affect anyone. Once you go out there, it very quickly narrows down to what’s happening on the pitch.”
He added, “Most players tend to forget the crowd once they’re in the heat of the battle. So crowd or no crowd, it’ll all boil down to performing and executing your skills better.”