Australian cricket fans unleash on Western Australia over desperate bid to POACH the Ashes Test – even though most of the country is locked out
- Western Australia slammed for trying to poach second Ashes Test from Adelaide
- State due to host fifth round in January but border closure made it impossible
- WA suggested swapping the rounds with Adelaide to host round in December
- Sport fans have taken to social media to slam the proposal and border closure
Western Australia’s attempt to poach the second Ashes Test from Adelaide has been slammed by cricket fans across the country.
The state was due to host the fifth round in January but its tough border closure and quarantine rules has made it next to impossible.
Sydney will host the fourth round at the SCG on January 5 before the game is supposed to move to Optus Stadium in Perth on January 14.
But WA requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days – which would mean the game couldn’t be played until January 19.
Western Australia’s attempt to poach the second Ashes Test from Adelaide has been slammed by cricket fans around the country
Western Australia requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days – which would mean the game could only be played on January 19
WA requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days – which would mean the game couldn’t be played in Perth until January 19
Outraged sports fans around the country took to social media to slam the proposal
The state has proposed swapping its round with Adelaide to instead host the second Test on December 16.
If that went ahead, the border closure means interstate travellers would be locked out of Western Australia with only locals able to watch the Test match at the stadium.
Outraged sports fans around the country took to social media to slam the proposal.
‘The McGowan government now wants Cricket Australia to swap the Perth and Adelaide tests so that WA doesn’t lose its test match this summer,’ one person wrote.
‘Imagine having the audacity to lock everyone out then expecting them to rearrange plans to suit you.’
Another person added: ‘Wouldn’t any cricket test in WA be pointless anyway because it’d have to be a single innings for each team because nobody would be allowed back in once they got out?’
WA Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti argued Perth would risk losing out on the Test match if the rounds weren’t swapped.
‘If cricket isn’t able to meet our border rules for the fifth Test in Perth, then they should move the second Test to Perth instead,’ he said.
‘It’s a no-brainer. As long as Queensland stays Covid-free then the teams can fly in ahead of the pink ball day-night Test, which is due to start on December 16.
‘The simple solution would be to bring that Test here while South Australia manages its Covid outbreak. Adelaide can then host the fifth Test originally scheduled for Perth.
Outraged cricket fans have not held back as they slam Western Australia over its proposal to host the second Ashes Test
‘They (the teams) could fly straight into Perth after the Brisbane Test. Then no one will need to worry about quarantine and Covid protocols.’
Cricket commentators have remained unsympathetic saying it would be unfair to swap the rounds.
‘Yeah we can’t host a Test match in mid-January but we’ll try steal the one locked into Adelaide Oval for mid-December and complain when we inevitably don’t get it,’ cricket writer Daniel Brettig tweeted.
‘Galaxy brain stuff from the WA government #Ashes.’
Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb added: ‘No brainer’ is the correct description … just the wrong definition.’
Cricket Australia is reported to be in discussions about changing the venue to Hobart or Melbourne.