Fox Sports and Channel 7 have let go of few commentators and key personnel from their Adelaide panel after a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney’s Northern beaches. Lee, who lives in Sydney’s northern beaches region, does not have any symptoms but has decided to fly back to stay with the family.
Cricket Australia had to overcome a number of issues to get themselves ready for the Adelaide Test after South Australia temporarily closed their border to other states. After avoiding that fiasco, it seemed like the worst is already past them but they have now encountered a new one.
A fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the northern beaches region of Sydney, which is slated to host the third Test between India and Australia, resulted in Cricket Australia taking precautionary measures. ESPNCricinfo reported that New South Wales might tighten their borders which might force the board to take early contingency planning around the SCG Test in the new year.
A part of the plan Fox Sports and Channel 7 have both moved to minimise risk by standing down and sending home key personnel and commentators who wish to stay at home for Christmas. Brett Lee flew home to Sydney on Friday as he was away for a considerable time from his family this year.
Cricket Australia might fly David Warner to Melbourne early from Sydney so as to avoid any border-closing situation and ask him to continue his rehab in the bubble created for the second Test. The board is also in dialogue with Melbourne Cricket Club to keep another pitch ready for the third Test in case Sydney fails to host the third game.