Cricket Australia confirms Hobart will host the fifth Ashes Test after Perth removed due to Western Australia’s ultra-strict Covid border policy
- Hobart will host the fifth Test in the Ashes, Cricket Australia has confirmed
- Blundstone Arena will stage the final match between England and Australia from January 14
- The fifth test was due to be held in Perth but was relocated due to Western Australia’s strict Covid border policy
- Hobart was set to host Australia-Afghanistan last month before it was cancelled
The fifth test of the Ashes will be held in Hobart, Cricket Australia has announced.
Blundstone Arena will host the final match as a day-night fixture from January 14-18 after the Test was relocated from Perth due to Western Australia’s strict Covid border policy.
The state demanded all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, meaning the game couldn’t be played until January 19.
Hobart has been named as the host city of the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series
Blundstone Arena will stage the match from January 14 after Perth was removed as host city
It will be the first Test match held in the state of Tasmania for five years.
‘We are delighted to announce that Blundstone Arena in Hobart will be hosting an Ashes Test match for the first time and thank the Tasmanian Government for its support,’ Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said.
‘I would like to thank all the States and Territories who took part in this process. The submissions we received were outstanding and we had no doubt that each of the venues that took part would have hosted a wonderful event.
Perth’s 60,000-seater Optus Stadium was due to host the fifth and final match of the series
Western Australia premier Mark McGowan took a hard-line stance on arrivals in the state due to the Omicron variant
‘There were a range of considerations, including commercial, logistical and operational factors and on the balance of these, the CA board agreed on Blundstone Arena being the most appropriate venue to host the fifth Vodafone Men’s Ashes Test.
‘We also acknowledge the postponement of the Australia and Afghanistan Test due to take place in Hobart earlier in the year played a part in the decision.’
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