'Very confident we will get a crowd at the MCG for Boxing Day Test', says head of Victoria government
The head of government in the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews said he is "very confident" that fans will be able to attend and the administration is "working towards" it.
On Monday, officials announced an easing of restrictions after no new daily or deaths, opening the door to some good news for cricket fans.
Cricket Australia is set to announce the schedule for India's tour of Australia this week which will include four Tests and there are fears that the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) may lose the Boxing Day Test.
Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at MCG won't look great without crowds, says Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor said authorities should not hesitate in moving out the match from the MCG in the wake of rising coronavirus cases of in Victoria
Australia Test captain Tim Paine fears the Boxing Day Test against India could be moved out of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in the wake of rising cases of coronavirus in Victoria.
South Africa vs England: Ben Stokes dedicates match-winning all-round effort in second Test to father undergoing treatment
Stokes scored a rapid 72 from 47 balls to give England the quick runs they needed for an early declaration in their second innings on Day 4, before taking three quick wickets to wrap up the South African tail
Dale Steyn, a veteran of 93 Tests and 125 ODIs, took to Twitter to congratulate South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and newly-appointed coach Mark Boucher after the Proteas took a 1-0 lead in the series.
South Africa vs England: Kagiso Rabada's destructive display powers Proteas to big win in Boxing Day Test
Kagiso Rabada proved the destroyer-in-chief with 4-103, assisted by Anrich Nortje who took three wickets for 56 runs.
Australia vs New Zealand: Kane Williamson says Kiwis need to be better in all departments after horrendous display in Boxing Day Test
Former players and pundits, including his predecessor as skipper Brendon McCullum, have lined up to criticise Williamson for his captaincy and decision-making.
Australia vs New Zealand: Tim Paine backs Decision Review System despite contentious DRS calls in Boxing Day Test
Paine said the technology had its good points and he would certainly not like to return to the days of relying solely on the on-field umpires
Australia vs New Zealand: Tim Paine expresses frustration over Decision Review System after controversial dismissal in second Test
Paine said he was angry that the original decision of not out had been overturned after third umpire Aleem Dar ruled following a video review that the ball had struck the pad in line with the stumps.
Cricket Australia will look to finalise a 'sustainability strategy' in 2020 amid concerns that extreme heat brought by climate change is risking players’ safety and could lead to major disruptions to summer playing schedules.
Australia vs New Zealand: Steve Smith constructs unbeaten fifty to take hosts to 257/4 on opening day of Boxing Day Test
Under some pressure after a modest home summer, Smith thwarted a largely disciplined New Zealand attack to thrill a festive crowd of nearly 80,000 at a venue where he now averages a stratospheric 148.83 from his seven matches.
Australia vs New Zealand: Over 20,000 New Zealand fans expected to pack MCG for rare Boxing Day test
Cricket Australia said last week more than 16,000 tickets had been sold to New Zealanders based in Australia, while airlines have put on extra flights to ferry the thousands of fans across the Tasman Sea for the fixture.
Australia vs New Zealand: Board urges MCG staff not to 'overreact' after abandonment of domestic match due to dangerous pitch
A Sheffield Shield match at the MCG was halted last week because of a dangerous surface on which several Western Australia batsmen took body blows from deliveries that reared up at them
Boult got through a nets session unscathed on a scorching hot day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Wednesday in a boost to Kane Williamson’s New Zealand team.
Australia vs New Zealand: Steve Smith hopes MCG will produce a 'good wicket' for Boxing Day Test despite worries over pitch
A Sheffield Shield match at the MCG was abandoned on Sunday because of a dangerous pitch with several Western Australia batsmen sustaining blows to the body from deliveries that reared up at them.
On day 2 of the opening Test, Mayank scored his third Test hundred, a 243 off 330 balls, which formed the cornerstone of India's 493 for 6 against Bangladesh.
India vs Australia: Tim Paine lightens up press conference by answering journalist's phone call and asking him to 'check his mail'
When a phone on the desk in front of Tim Paine rang, he picked it up and had chat with the reporter's editor at the other end, leaving the media pack in stitches.