India-Australia 3rd Test Updates: Audience Capacity Reduced to 25% Ahead of Covid-19 Outbreak in Sydney; Pattinson and KL Rahul Ruled out

Rutunjay Dole
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The Sydney cricket Ground capacity for the third test match between India-Australia has been reduced to 25%beacause of a Covid-19 outbreak in New South Wales. The SCG had already been reduced to 50% capacity due to restrictions in place for the pandemic.

SCG have capacity of holding nearly 38 thousand people. With the 25% attendance only 9,500 spectators can entered in the stadium per day. Sydney Cricket ground witnessed three matches on this tour two ODIs and 2 T20Is. In ODI matches and one T20I 18,000 spectators were allowed whereas it was increased to 30,000 for the last T20I on December 8.

Australian pacer James Pattinson was on Monday ruled out of the third test against India due to bruised ribs. A replacement has not been named for the bowler, who got injured after a fall at home. Sean Abbott may replace him as the all-rounder was seen doing duty quite a few times as a substitute during the second test in Melbourne.

Whereas KL Rahul too got injured in the net practice; he sprained his left wrist while batting at the MCG during Team India’s practice session on Saturday. The wicket-keeper batsmen will not be available for the remaining two tests. He will now return to India and head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further rehabilitation of his injury.