In what comes as a major blow to Australia’s chances of making it through to the final of the World Test Championship, Cricket Australia have postponed their upcoming three-Test series against South Africa with regards to the Covid -19 pandemic.
The decision has been taken after the second wave of the new variant of the Coronavirus. Cricket Australia made it clear that they won’t compromise on the health and safety of their players.
“Due to the public health situation in South Africa, which includes a second wave and a new variant of the virus, and following extensive due diligence with medical experts, it has become clear that travelling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and community,” said Nick Hockley, CA’s interim CEO.
“We acknowledge the significant amount of work by CSA in planning for the tour, during which we made it clear that CA was prepared to take on additional cost and effort to make the series happen.”
“This decision has not been made lightly and we are extremely disappointed, especially given the importance of continuing international cricket at this time, our valued relationship with CSA, and our aspirations to compete in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship,” he concluded.
If the series gets cancelled, New Zealand will await one of India or England for the WTC final at Lords