3rd Ashes Test to stay at WACA

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Melbourne - Cricket Australia said on Wednesday that the third Ashes Test between Australia and England, beginning on December 14, will be played at the traditional Perth Test venue of the WACA because a new Perth stadium will not be ready in time.

The Western Australian government informed Cricket Australia on Tuesday that construction delays meant that the 60 000-seat stadium at Burswood, set to host the Test, would not be completed.

"It's good now we have some certainty around where the Perth Test match is going to be played," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement.

"We received advice yesterday in meetings with government."

"Coming to Perth, we knew it needed to be finished ahead of time and everything needed to come together, but it's still disappointing. We were really hoping the Test match could be played at this magnificent new stadium."

The WACA has hosted Test matches in Perth since 1970 and is known for its fast, bouncy pitches which assist fast bowlers. Its limited capacity of 24 000 has led to Cricket Australia supporting the construction of a new Perth venue.

The five-Test Ashes series will begin at Brisbane's Gabba ground on November 23. The second Test, a first day-night match for the Ashes, is scheduled for Adelaide from December 2.

The fourth match will be the traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground beginning on December 26, and the fifth starts in Sydney on January 4.

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