India is trailing 0–1 in the series after losing the first Test by eight wickets. The third Test is scheduled to be played in Sydney from January 7, while the last match will be played in Brisbane on January 15.


Cricket Australia (CA) may consider swapping places in the last two Tests of the ongoing four-match series against India as the number of Covid-19 cases in Sydney escalates. Australian cricket officials were alerted after an outbreak of the virus on Sydney’s northern beaches.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald report, “CA still has the first priority to host matches in Sydney from January 7 to 11, but the third and fourth Test matches between Sydney and Brisbane are the top alternates.” If this happens, the fourth Test match of the series will be played in Sydney from 15 to 19 January.

Both Australian opener David Warner and fast bowler Sean Abbott, who were recovering from an injury due to rising Kovid-19s, moved from Sydney to Melbourne on Saturday where the Boxing Day Test (second Test) is to be played from 26 December. An alternative plan, according to the report, maybe to hold the second and third Test matches in Melbourne. It added, “The next two Tests in Melbourne could be the next option.”