Shane Warne suggests Kardinia Park for New Year Test as COVID-19 wreaks havoc

Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne has thrown up an out-of-the-box option for the New Year Test as Cricket Australia grapples with the outbreak of COVID-19 on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The governing body is weighing up relocating the match, traditionally played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to the Melbourne Cricket Ground or the Gabba, while playing the third and fourth Tests at the SCG is also amongst the options.

But the greatest wicket-taker in Australian cricket history has suggested Cricket Australia considers Geelong’s Kardinia Park.

“Maybe it could be somewhere like Geelong,” Warne told Fox.

“Maybe they play two in Melbourne. The people down there on the Peninsula – they’ve been starving for cricket down there and have attended all the Big Bash League games.

“Maybe they could do it in Geelong if they wanted to play two in (greater) Melbourne, rather than two at the MCG.

“If not (Geelong), Canberra is a pretty good alternative too.

“It is a very good set-up there with great facilities, a great pitch and good conditions.”

The Melbourne Renegades have hosted BBL matches at Kardinia Park, the same venue the Geelong Cats call home, and its 36,000-seat capacity gives games an intimate feeling.

But Cricket Australia might be reluctant to play the match at a venue of such small capacity, given crowd caps that currently exist in Victoria.

The MCG will only be allowed to host 30,000 per day at the Boxing Day Test.

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