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Brisbane likely to host 2nd test due to Phillip funeral

Brisbane is likely to host the second Test of the summer following marathon negotiations with the Australian and Indian cricket boards. The Gabba Test, initially scheduled to start on Thursday, has been put back due to
brisbane likely to host 2nd test due to phillip...
India TV Sports Desk December 01, 2014 11:25 IST

Brisbane is likely to host the second Test of the summer following marathon negotiations with the Australian and Indian cricket boards.


The Gabba Test, initially scheduled to start on Thursday, has been put back due to the funeral of Phillip Hughes.

Australia was due to host India in the first Test of the four-match series in Brisbane on Thursday, but Cricket Australia announced last week that the match wouldn't start as scheduled because the players needed time to deal with the shock death of batsman Phillip Hughes.

Players from both Test sides will attend Hughes' funeral in Macksville, NSW, on Wednesday.

The Adelaide Test, now the first of the summer, is scheduled to start on Friday week but it is understood that fixture will be moved to earlier in the week and the Sydney Test back a few days to accommodate the Brisbane Test being slotted in ahead of the Melbourne and Sydney fixtures over the Christmas-New Year period.
Melbourne is set to be the only Test with an unchanged date.

The staging of the Brisbane Test in between the Adelaide and Melbourne Boxing Day clashes would place a high workload on the players with few rest days in between. One possible scenario would include the Sydney Test, due to start on January 3, being moved back a few days.

Australia's one-day series against India and England is due to start on January 16 when Australia hosts India at the MCG.

“We're continuing to work through a range of scenarios related to the Test match,” a Cricket Australia spokesman told the Herald Sun today.
“As soon as we have confirmation we will let the Australian public know as a priority.

“We appreciate the Australian public's patience in these extraordinary and difficult circumstances.”

Earlier on Monday, India's squad chose to stay in Adelaide rather than head to Brisbane, as was originally scheduled, as uncertainty surrounds the scheduling of the Gabba Test.

A CA spokesman told the Herald Sun on Monday: “They are remaining in Adelaide until details for the first Test have been confirmed.”

India's squad had been due to board a flight at lunchtime from Adelaide to Brisbane.

Australia's captain Michael Clarke and his Indian rival Virat Kohli will both attend Wednesday's funeral for Hughes as cricket remains at a standstill following last week's shock death of the popular young Test batsman.

On Monday it was also announced that the funeral would be shown on big screens at the Sydney Cricket Ground, as well as being broadcast live on national television.

Hughes died last Thursday after spending two days in hospital following a blow to the head while batting in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG for South Australia against NSW.

The son of a banana farmer from Macksville, NSW, Hughes would have turned 26 on Sunday. Hughes has been the subject of heartfelt tributes, not only from cricketers and fans but also rival sports such as Test rugby and English Premier League soccer.

Clarke's emotional address to the nation at a press conference on Saturday touched the hearts of sports fans around the world.

Kohli, who is India's stand-in captain in the absence of injured skipper MS Dhoni, will be joined by India's team director Ravi Shastri and coach Duncan Fletcher at the funeral in Macksville.

A Press Trust of India report says several other members of India's Test squad are expected to join Kohli at the funeral.

Brisbane was set to host the first Test on Thursday, but Cricket Australia has announced that starting date is now off the table.

The match might be moved to mid-December after the Adelaide Test which is due to finish on December 16 or even after the Sydney Test which is scheduled to run until January 7.

However Australia is due to play a one-day international against India at the MCG on January 16 which makes for a tight schedule.

India's two-day game against a CA XI, which was due to be played on Friday and Saturday last week in Adelaide, was cancelled.



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