The Ashes: Hobart in Tasmania will host the fifth Ashes Test next month instead of Perth | Cricket News

Perth was to host the fifth and final Ashes Test in this series, but Western Australia’s quarantine rules mean that Hobart will welcome Australia and England instead; the match will be day and night and will be the first time an ash test will take place in the Tasmanian city

Last updated: 11/21/21 00:04


Hobart will host the fifth and final Ashes Test

Hobart to organize fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England instead of Perth, which has been stripped of hosting rights due to border controls in Western Australia

Western Australia’s requirement for travelers from New South Wales to quarantine for 14 days made it impossible for teams to complete the fourth test in Sydney on 9 January and be free to start the fifth game on 14 January.

The day-night match with the pink ball will be the first Ashes fight ever played in Tasmania.

It will also be the first test played in the island state in more than five years, as Australia was beaten by an inning from South Africa in November 2016.

Melbourne, which will host the third test in the series, and Sydney, which will host the fourth, had both offered to replace Perth, options that would have provided much greater revenue for Cricket Australia.

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Olly Stone says England hitters’ performances on Day 3 will give the team the conviction that they can win the first Ashes Test

Olly Stone says England hitters’ performances on Day 3 will give the team the conviction that they can win the first Ashes Test

“We took a number of factors into consideration, including commercial, logistical and operational considerations,” said Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.

“On balance, the CA board agreed that Blundstone Arena was the most appropriate venue to host the fifth match of Vodafone Men’s Ashes Test.

“We also recognize that the postponement of the Australia and Afghanistan test that would take place in Hobart earlier this year played a part in the decision.”

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Rob Key says England are back on the pitch with their impressive performance on Day 3, but believes Australia are still favorites to win the first Ashes Test

Rob Key says England are back on the pitch with their impressive performance on Day 3, but believes Australia are still favorites to win the first Ashes Test

The picturesque Bellerive pitch in Hobart holds 19,500 spectators, but has attracted far fewer fans than in previous test matches, with one reporter counting the crowd one by one during the series against Sri Lanka in 2012.

Hobart was supposed to host the Australia-Afghanistan test last month before it was canceled.

Tasmania has largely managed to keep COVID-19 out for the duration of the pandemic, isolating itself from the rest of Australia and the world.

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Rob Key says Joe Root can cement his legacy as one of the sport’s biggest hitters ever if he continues to perform well in The Ashes v Australia

Rob Key says Joe Root can cement his legacy as one of the sport’s biggest hitters ever if he continues to perform well in The Ashes v Australia

The Western Australian government’s decision to abide by strict border controls means that the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium, built at a cost of around £ 860 million and completed in 2018, will lose Test cricket for the second consecutive year.

The stadium, which replaced the WACA field as the Western Australian testing venue, hosted testing against India in 2018 and New Zealand in 2019.

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