Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley on Thursday confirmed that the fifth test of the Ashes 2021-2022 series will be a day & night contest. Nick Hockley’s comments came after the fifth test of the Ashes 2021-2022 series moved out of Perth due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
“We have had lots of interest, I won’t go into specifics because we are going through all the details now but as I said, we are working to come to a position as quickly as possible. Hopefully, there will be an announcement in the not too distant future”, Nick Hockley told SEN Cricket.
“We have tried to be fair to everyone we have given everyone an opportunity we will be taking in a range of considerations, ultimately it’s my job to put a recommendation to the board. The plan is wherever it’s played to be a day-night Test with a pink ball”, he added.
Cricket Australia on Monday announced that the fifth test of the Ashes 2021-2022 series will not be played at Perth due to the COVID-19 related restrictions. The Ashes test series which will kickstart on December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane was originally scheduled to host the final Test at the Perth Stadium from January 14. The board is yet to decide on the replacement venue, however MCG or Hobart could be the replacement venue for the Perth Test.
“We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the WA Government, relevant agencies, and Perth Stadium over recent months,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia CEO, said. “We are very disappointed that we are unable to stage the fifth Vodafone men’s Ashes Test at Perth Stadium. We did everything we could in partnership with the WA Government and WA Cricket to make it work under the current border and health arrangements, but unfortunately, this was not possible.
“We are particularly disappointed for Western Australian cricket fans who were so looking forward to seeing the first-ever Ashes Test at the new stadium”, Nick Hockley added in his Statement.
CA & WA Cricket have worked closely with the Western Australian Government & Perth Stadium over several months with the shared goals of prioritizing the health & well-being of the WA community while providing the best possible environment for the players, their families, match officials, staff & broadcast partners. Discussions about a replacement venue for the fifth test are underway.