Before the third Test against Australia, India’s spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday described his trip from Melbourne to Sydney as ‘turbulent and scary’. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Your turbulent Melbourne to Sydney!” His comments came after all members of the Indian cricket team, with five more isolates and support staff, tested negative for coronavirus after undergoing RT-PCR test on Sunday. Amid the unwanted media scrutiny after the five Indian players – Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Navdeep Saini, had gone to a restaurant in Melbourne, they had all shown that all necessary protocols were followed.
– Ashwin (@ ashwinravi99) January 4, 2021
The BCCI stated, “Members and support staff of the Indian cricket team played the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests yielded negative results.”
Even when the Australian media is talking about an investigation into an alleged breach in the bio-bubble protocol by five Indian players, the Indian team has shut down the outside world as it has played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in India and Australia Beach focuses on the third test, starting on 7 January.
Talking to ANI, the sources said about the team’s development, the reports in the media are not a concern for the players and they are leaving no stone unturned to prepare for the third Test as the series equals 1-1.
The source said, “The boys have shut down the outside world and they don’t even see who is saying what. We’re withdrawing our belief that no protocol was broken and that’s what it is.”
“We are now looking at the third Test and focusing on the next game in the SCG. We want to make it 2-1 until we leave the SCG at the end of the Test match.”
Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Monday that the SCG will be at 25 per cent capacity for the upcoming third Test between India and Australia starting on 7 January.
CA and Venue New South Wales are working together to ensure the safety of patrons taking part in the Pink Test, with crowd capacity initially limited to 25 per cent.
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