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India tour of Australia: Boxing Day Test likely to allow fans in stadium

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The Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at the MCG on December 26 will see a crowd returning back to the stands after eight long months; that's according to Daniel Andrew, the premier of Victoria.

The lockdown in Victoria has been eased off after no new cases of the global pandemic was reported on Monday. Although he said that there would be no crowd at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, the Boxing Day Test gives the fans a whole new experience whatsoever.

“Boxing Day Test is very different because of course that is some way off. I’m very confident we’ll get a crowd at the G for the Boxing Day Test,” Andrews said on Monday afternoon.

“I don’t know how big it will be but there will be a crowd there. That is the advice I have and that’s what we’re working towards.”

There were reported that the early rise in pandemic cases in Victoria would see the Boxing Day Test moving to Adelaide, but sources have confirmed that the game will start on its traditional date of December 26 in Melbourne. Just in, more than 80,000 fans attended the first day of last year's Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the first Test will be played at the Adelaide Oval from December 17, while the third Test will start after January 7 at the SCG. India are to play three T20s, three ODIs and four Tests in Australia and the squads are yet to be announced.

Feature image courtesy: AFP / William West

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