Ashes 2021-2022: Cricket Australia on Monday announced that the fifth Ashes of the 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.
The decision had been taken because of border restrictions, quarantine requirements & the complexities of hosting a five-match test series in a strict schedule. The board further stated that it worked closely with Western Australia Cricket making every effort to retain the match in Perth but it didn’t prove to be feasible.
“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. The much-anticipated Ashes 2021-2022 test series will commence on 8th December 2021 at Brisbane
The Weber WBBL final was a great success with the largest standalone crowd in the league’s history attending a big bash league fixture. CA & WA Cricket are looking ahead to hosting the openers clash of the league between Scorchers’ KFC & Brisbane Heat on Wednesday, December 8.
Perth Scorchers’ opening game of the BBL 11 is all set to commence at Perth Stadium on December 8. Perth is also looking ahead to hosting the opening ODI of the home series against New Zealand, involving three ODIs & one T20I.
Ashes 2021-2022: Australia squad for the first Test
Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith (VC), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.