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Sport Cricket: Perth Ashes test in doubt as WA sticks to hard line on quarantine

11:11  30 november  2021
11:11  30 november  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Perth ’s hopes of hosting the fifth Ashes Test have taken another big hit after WA premier Mark McGowan reiterated his hardline stance on quarantine rules and banned players’ families for the trip west. Matthews said one of the major stumbling blocks was the sheer size of the broadcast team and the subsequent quarantine complications that would bring. Any chance of players being able to complete a shortened quarantine period instead of the regular 14-day stint was rejected by McGowan on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Australia v England - Ashes test match - WACA Ground, Perth , Australia, December 17, 2017 - A rainbow can be seen above a screen announcing that play has been abandoned on the fourth day of the third Ashes cricket test match. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo. Perth is scheduled to host the fifth and final test from Jan. 14 but Colbeck said the Western Australia ( WA ) capital might have to miss out because of the state’s quarantine requirements. Colbeck told Perth radio station 6PR players would not want to quarantine for 14 days in Western Australia as

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Cricket Australia's hopes of staging the fifth Ashes test in Perth appear in jeopardy, with the Western Australia (WA) state government reiterating its "very strict rules" on quarantine and restrictions on players' family members.

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Perth Stadium is scheduled to host the final match of the Australia-England series from Jan. 14 but WA authorities have insisted players and staff quarantine after entering the state from New South Wales (NSW), which holds the fourth test in Sydney.

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Australia v England - Ashes test match - WACA Ground, Perth , Australia, December 17, 2017 - A rainbow can be seen above a screen announcing that play has been abandoned on the fourth day of the third Ashes cricket test match. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo. Perth is scheduled to host the fifth and final test from Jan. 14 but Colbeck said the Western Australia ( WA ) capital might have to miss out because of the state’s quarantine requirements. Colbeck told Perth radio station 6PR players would not want to quarantine for 14 days in Western Australia as

14 but Colbeck said the Western Australia ( WA ) capital might have to miss out because of the state’s quarantine requirements. Colbeck told Perth radio station 6PR players would not want to quarantine for 14 days in Western Australia as would be required if they played the preceding fourth test as Australia’s Covid-19 situation has thrown the schedule into doubt , with Covid-free Western Australia loath to open its borders while other states battle outbreaks. Australia’s federal government released a vague plan in July to start easing quarantine restrictions and inter-state travel curbs once 70% of

"The thing about the Ashes and Cricket Australia is we have put in place very strict rules," WA Premier Mark McGowan told reporters on Tuesday.

"We've said to them they need to have 14 days of quarantine, and that has to apply to all of the broadcast staff, all the cricket staff.

"They can't just bring wives and girlfriends with them, (there are) the same rules as we put in place for the AFL.

"It is up to them whether they want to adhere to those rules or not."

WA authorities demanded players quarantine before Perth hosted the Australian Football League's (AFL) title-deciding Grand Final in September.

WA's hardline stance leaves the Perth test in major doubt given the short break after the Jan. 6-9 Sydney test.

England's players, who are preparing in southern Queensland for the Dec. 8 series-opener in Brisbane, negotiated successfully to have their families join them on tour to Australia, where borders remain effectively closed to non-residents.

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14 but Colbeck said the Western Australia ( WA ) capital might have to miss out because of the state’s quarantine requirements. Colbeck told Perth radio station 6PR players would not want to quarantine for 14 days in Western Australia as would be required if they played the preceding fourth test as Australia’s COVID-19 situation has thrown the schedule into doubt , with COVID-free Western Australia loath to open its borders while other states battle outbreaks. Australia’s federal government released a vague plan in July to start easing quarantine restrictions and inter-state travel curbs once

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to provide services in line with the preferences you reveal while browsing the Website to show personalize content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audience is coming from in order to improve your browsing experience on Perth is scheduled to host the fifth and final Test from Jan. 14 but Colbeck said the Western Australia ( WA ) capital might have to miss out because of the state's quarantine requirements. Colbeck told Perth radio station 6PR players would not want to quarantine for 14 days in Western Australia as

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said players could possibly have reservations about staying in Australia if families were not allowed to cross state borders with them.

"Getting the families out here was a huge part of the negotiations, I guess, and having them here has been a huge help and we want them to travel around with us," he said.

"If we're allowed to move interstate, I don't see why the families who are part of our bubble aren't able to move with us."

Other Australian states have relaxed quarantine and border controls for vaccinated people but COVID-free WA is expected to remain closed until early 2022, pending vaccination rates.

WA Cricket Association boss Christina Matthews said over the weekend the Perth test was only a 50-50 chance.

Cricket Australia was unable to provide immediate comment.

Other Australian states have put their hands up to host the Ashes finale, including NSW and Tasmania.

"We’ve said to Cricket Australia we are here to help if they need it," NSW tourism minister Stuart Ayres said.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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