Sydney, January 6
India captain Ajinkya Rahane tried to douse the quarantine controversy today, stating that his team is “not annoyed” with the strict bio-safety protocol. He did concede, though, that it was “challenging” to be confined to their hotel rooms when life outside their hotel seems “normal”.
There were unconfirmed media reports that the Indian contingent has been unhappy with the quarantine protocols in Sydney, where they are confined to their hotel. And stricter rules are in place for the venue of the fourth Test, Brisbane, where they wouldn’t be able to move out of their respective rooms.
“We are not at all annoyed but yes there are some challenges in quarantine as life in Sydney is completely normal,” Rahane said. “We are not at all annoyed and we know what’s our priority here.”
It is understood that the team hotel in Brisbane will have an IPL-like bio-secure bubble, in which players can mingle. Rahane sidestepped questions on the series pullout threat, saying: “We know that life in Sydney is normal but players are stuck in their rooms, which is okay. We know how to handle it and we are prepared for any kind of situation. It’s about being in the moment and playing some good cricket… We are not complaining on anything and we are just focussed on the game.”
He evaded the question about the alleged threat of the team returning home after the completion of the third Test in Sydney. As per sources, the BCCI and CA top brass are currently engaged in a discussion on possible relaxations for the players during their stay in Brisbane. — Agencies
Hard surface with lot of grass for Test: Curator
Sydney: A hard surface with lot of grass awaits the Indian and Australian players at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the venue for the third Test, curator Adam Lewis said today. Asked whether the surface was similar to the one when Australia took on New Zealand last year, Lewis replied in an affirmative. “The key is that every year, it is so different with the weather. So, we try to give them (the teams) that hard surface with a good amount of grass,” he said. “Three years ago we had England (here), we had late 30 degrees (Celsius) days, hot-gusty winds, that is totally different to this year, when we had really high humidity, rain (and) cover. We had got first bit of direct summer light on to the wicket only three days ago, so we are just doing the best we can with the elements that are dished out to us,” he added. Last year, Australia thrashed New Zealand by 279 runs when the two teams clashed at the SCG on January 3-6. pti