Former Australian Test captain and Northern Beaches resident Ian Chappell is “waiting for some bastard” to tell him his next move after receiving a negative result from a COVID-19 test.
Chappell was one of several cricket commentators and broadcast staff asked to leave the Adelaide Oval midway through last week’s Test between Australia and India and go into self-isolation following advice from South Australia Health.
The dramatic move came about after the recent Northern Beaches COVID-19 cluster in Sydney, with Fox Sports commentator and retired Aussie Test paceman Brett Lee flying home to NSW and forgoing calling the remainder of the Test.
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Chappell on the weekend returned a negative COVID-19 test but remains in Adelaide after the SA government asked all travellers that had spent time in Sydney’s northern beaches after December 11 to serve two weeks quarantine before flying home.
The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday night that the ABC — the broadcaster Chappell is calling for — was trying to secure a permit for Chappell to leave quarantine and return to Sydney prior to Christmas.
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Speaking to Wide World of Sports on Monday, Chappell said he was still in the dark, despite testing negative.
“Well, I’m waiting for some bastard to tell me. But I’m hopefully on the plane (on Tuesday),” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
“I’ve got no chance of being there at the Boxing Day Test. I’d say we’re going to have to do it with a Melbourne-only crew.”
It comes as Cricket Australia reportedly weighs up swapping the Sydney and Brisbane Tests as one of a few contingency plans, should the traditional New Year’s match in NSW not be able to go ahead as planned.
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The third Australia-India Test is scheduled for January 7, but many state borders have been shut to NSW as a result of cases growing within greater Sydney, consequently creating a headache for cricket organisers.
As things stood on Monday morning, teams would be able to enter NSW to play the Test, but would then face a significant roadblock in travelling to Queensland for the final match at the Gabba on January 15.
“It’s been a bizarre year,” Chappell said.
“You’ve just got to get on with life – that’s how I’ve always been. Whatever you’ve got to do, you’ve got to do it.”