Australia versus India Boxing Day Test which is to be held on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is likely to have an attendance of about 25,000 people on each day of the Test. Lockdown has ended in Melbourne city and this is a good time according to the Sports Minister of Victoria state Martin Pakula for the Government to initiate talks with Cricket Australia and MCG regarding the capacity of people to be allowed for the Boxing Day Test.
Pakula stated that 25,000 is about one-fourth capacity of the ground and it would be safe to allow these many number of people in the stadium. This number could even increase if circumstances allow and he said that the final decision would be taken after a detailed discussion with Cricket Australia.
“We’ve been really clear with Cricket Australia and the MCG that we’ll make final decisions about numbers closer to the day, depending on the epidemiological situation that abides at the time. At this stage, (25,000) is what we believe would be the safe and appropriate number per day here at the MCG.”
India’s tour of Australia promises to be a blockbuster
The last time India toured Australia, they won the ODI and the Test series 2-1 and drew the T20I series 1-1. Such strong performances in the past ensure that this time around too, the tour promises to be a cracking one. Australia dearly missed the services of their two best batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner. But this time around, they will be a part of the Australian team, which makes this contest even more interesting.
The banters of Indian skipper Virat Kohli with the Australian team in the past surely will spice up the contest and we may get to see another confrontation or two this time around. One thing is for sure that both the teams will go hell for leather in order to win the coveted Border Gavaskar Trophy.