16.1.2021 08:00 pm
“Weeks and weeks of practice and hard work going to waste for one person positive to Covid in a 3/4 empty plane. Sorry but this is insane.”
Forty-seven players were barred from practising for a fortnight Saturday in a major setback to their Australian Open preparations after passengers on two charter flights that brought them to Melbourne tested positive to Covid-19.
The England captain’s fourth Test double century was the highlight of the third day when England lost six wickets in the morning session.
The series is also Bangladesh’s first since pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza stepped down as captain in March.
The Pool B fixtures, which will be played between the Cobras, Lions and Warriors, are scheduled to take place from 22-30 January at the same venue in a bio-secure environment.
According to media, former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens and Japan’s Kei Nishikori were among those on the plane.
India will resume on Sunday at 62 for two, 307 runs behind Australia’s first innings total of 369.
“I’m excited about this group we have selected, and the players have a great opportunity to continue with the great strides they have made at this level,” said coach Hilton Moreeng.
The 21-year-old left-hander claimed a wicket in his second over after sharing the new ball with India international Dhawal Kulkarni.
It was the star batsman’s highest Test score in more than a year after going through 2020 without a century and dropping out of the world top 10 batsmen.