The news comes on the eve of the third Test between Australia and India, which has caused some controversy by being played in Sydney, the epicentre of a recent outbreak.
The fate of the third Test has been shrouded in uncertainty since a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the northern beaches in Sydney, which is scheduled to host the third Test from 7 January.
India vs Australia: Visitors need to remember they dominated first two sessions in Adelaide, says Gautam Gambhir
Earlier, Gambhir had said that India would do well to enter the second Test with five bowlers and make Rahane bat at the No. 4 position.
India vs Australia: Melbourne could host third Test if if COVID-19 scuppers Sydney, says Cricket Australia
A Covid-19 cluster emerged in Sydney last week and has grown to more than 100 cases, with parts of the city in a snap lockdown and restrictions placed on travel to other states.
With David Warner still unavailable due to a groin injury, Justin Langer said he would brave to tinker with the side for the Melbourne Cricket Ground match after a resounding victory in Adelaide
"Ashwin is a world-class bowler, to be honest. I have watched him a lot especially when I had gone to tour India and the subcontinent to try and learn of him. But he is a very cagey bowler, he has got all the variations," Lyon said.
India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon expects visitors to 'come out firing' in second Test after 36 all-out debacle
Lyon said the paltry 36 runs India scored in the second innings in Adelaide last Saturday was no reflection on the quality of the touring side, recalling that he was part of an Australian team bowled out for 47 in South Africa in 2011.
The Australia vice-captain also praised off-spinner Nathan Lyon for bowling well to Pujara in the first innings.
India vs Australia: Melbourne Cricket Club's CEO Stuart Fox worried drop-in pitches at MCG have not been tested
The opening round matches of Sheffield Shield were held in Adelaide instead of MCG due to the COVID-19 outbreak at Melbourne and also plans to have a two-day trial match at the MCG this week also couldn’t materialise due to the spread of virus in Adelaide.
India vs Australia: MCG to host Boxing Day Test as CA announce fixtures for Virat Kohli and Co's tour Down Under
The announcement came hours after Australia's second largest city exited a months-long coronavirus lockdown which enabled the MCG to confirm it would stage its traditional Boxing Day Test.
On Monday, officials announced an easing of restrictions after no new daily or deaths, opening the door to some good news for cricket fans.
Family bid farewell to late Australian great Dean Jones with last lap of empty Melbourne Cricket Ground
The casket of Jones, who collapsed and died aged 59, was draped in an Australia flag and carried in a white hearse adorned with flowers spelling "324", his Test cap number and his highest first-class score, achieved at the MCG.
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.
The three one-dayers and three T20s will all be played at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane -- the country's first internationals since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sport in March.
With Melbourne battling surge in coronavirus cases, Sydney makes pitch to host India Boxing Day Test
Currently four Tests against India are pencilled in for Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney from early December, with Perth hosting Afghanistan.
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.
Women's T20 World Cup became bigger than about teams and the tournament itself, says Australia's Ellyse Perry
Perry missed out on the business end of the tournament due to a hamstring surgery but she does not regret it as the event was not just about her or her teammates.
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: 9 million in India watched final, 5.4 billion 'viewing minutes' for the tournament
A whopping 9.02 million fans in India watched India women's team take on Australia in the ICC World T20 final, breaking all viewership records across TV as well as digital platforms.
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: India lost, but successful tournament underlines the swiftly growing footprint of women's cricket
Women’s cricket is as exciting and intriguing as it has ever been at any point in history. The next logical step will be to extend the enthusiasm and encouragement to the 50-over format. If the 2017 edition is anything to go by, there is reason to believe that the rise will continue.
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Australia-India final sets new attendance records with 86,174-strong turnout at MCG
Women's cricket changed forever on Sunday as a record 86,174 fans checked into the iconic MCG to watch India take on Australia in the final of T20 World Cup