Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley on Thursday said that the New Year’s Test between India and Australia would be held in Sydney as planned, while confirming that the MCG is on standby to host the third Test.

“We are currently all systems go for the New Year’s Test to go ahead in Sydney as planned followed by the fourth Test in Brisbane,” said Hockley during a virtual media interaction.

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“The record testing numbers and the drop in new community transmissions in NSW have provided cause for optimism, however if the situation worsens in Sydney, one of the contingencies is to play the New Year’s Test in Melbourne and then go straight to Brisbane.” A final decision on the venue for the third Test will be made by the end of the Boxing Day Test.

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