Matthew Wade 'fully expects' to play fourth Test in Brisbane

The Australian and Indian teams are set to fly to Sydney on Monday to continue preparations for the third Test, before flying to Queensland for the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar series.

Brisbane is scheduled to host the fourth and the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar series.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Australian opener Matthew Wade said his team is keen to play the fourth Test in Brisbane amidst reports that the Indian team does not want to travel there if there is going to be a hard quarantine.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Wade said, “The schedule has been rolled out and, we will prefer to stick to that. I would expect to go to the Gabba regardless, even if that is more of a quarantine-based hotel-to-ground (situation). We fully expect to be going to Brisbane to play the Gabba Test.”

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Wade added that Australia is ready to follow any rules that the local government in Queensland might have in place to curb the spread of the virus.

“If that is what the government is going to make us do to play a game at the Gabba, we are willing to sacrifice. I knew coming into it, and, a lot of other players knew coming into it, it wasn’t going to be an ideal situation. If something went south, we were going to have to make some more sacrifices along the way. As a group, we understand that and, we are ready for the challenge,” he added.

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The Australians have good reason to stick to playing at the Gabba, considering the host has not lost a Test there since 1988 against West Indies.

“There is no secret that we like starting our summer there. Our record is very good there and, we tend to play good cricket there,” Wade said.

“India has a great bowling line up and a great team. So we won’t take them for granted when we get there. But if it went two games back-to-back at the SCG, it would not be something we would want to do. We will be much more comfortable playing the schedule. There is no secret we love the Gabba,” he added.

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