New Zealand cricketers rush to leave Australia as one-day series called off

14/03/2020 7:25:00 AM

Breaking: New Zealand cricketers rush to leave Australia as one-day series called off | @smhsport

Breaking: New Zealand cricketers rush to leave Australia as one-day series called off | smhsport

The Chappell-Hadlee series has been sensationally called off, with New Zealand's cricketers heading to Sydney airport to leave the country immediately.

A statement from New Zealand Cricket read: “At 4.30pm NZT this afternoon (2.30pm AEDT), the New Zealand government tightened its border restrictions and included Australia on the list of countries from which those entering New Zealand would be subjected to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.

“This new border restriction is to come into effect tomorrow at midnight (10pm AEDT Sydney time). A consequence of this is that we need to get our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, meaning it will not be able to participate in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee fixtures.”

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Play video A statement from New Zealand Cricket read: “At 4.Larger text size Very large text size The Australian men’s team’s one-day international series against New Zealand, beginning on Friday at the SCG, will be played in empty stadiums as part of measures implemented by Cricket Australia to deal with the coronavirus crisis.2 0.A fan wearing a gas mask has waited outside the SCG's locked gates and cameramen have clapped in a bid to create atmosphere during Australia's first sporting event held behind closed doors due to coronavirus.

30pm NZT this afternoon (2.30pm AEDT), the New Zealand government tightened its border restrictions and included Australia on the list of countries from which those entering New Zealand would be subjected to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period. Fans can obtain refunds for all three matches from Ticketek. “This new border restriction is to come into effect tomorrow at midnight (10pm AEDT Sydney time). 0. A consequence of this is that we need to get our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, meaning it will not be able to participate in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee fixtures. Credit: AAP Australia’s world champion women’s side has had its tour of South Africa suspended.” Advertisement New Zealand Cricket said arrangements were being made for squad members to fly home on Saturday evening. With reserves sitting in the Members Pavilion watching on, the Black Caps still shined the ball with sweat, as usual.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Aussie skipper Aaron Finch on Thursday before the three-match series. The remaining games in the Sheffield Shield will go ahead. 0. Credit: Getty Images There are also implications for upcoming fixtures across the ditch, with Australia’s T20 tour now set to be cancelled at short notice due to the fact players would have to self exclude once they got there. “The three-match T20I series scheduled for New Zealand cannot proceed as the mandatory self-isolation period would also apply to the Australian squad as soon as it crossed the border into New Zealand," New Zealand Cricket said. “We have taken strong action today in the face of an unprecedented public health issue,” Roberts said. “NZC believes both these series can be replayed in their entirety at a later and more appropriate date. 0. NZC understands and supports the government’s position. “Our players and staff have been adopting recommended sanitary practices during this time to minimise the chance of exposure and will continue to do so. Crowds will be banned from the next two games in the series in Sydney and Hobart, and doubt also remains over a tour of New Zealand later this month given the Government's non-essential travel warning.

This is a time of unprecedented risk and peril, and the personal health and well-being of our players is paramount.” Kiwi fast bowler Lockie Ferguson was placed into isolation on Saturday after reporting a sore throat following the match. The Victorian government had earlier closed it to spectators. 0. Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch walk out to bat at an empty SCG on Friday against New Zealand. Credit: AAP A spokesperson said: “Lockie, providing he gets the all clear, will be flying tomorrow with the team manager and our logistics manager. While it is the only game affected this weekend, SANZAAR conceded the likelihood was high of further impacts.” Friday’s match at the SCG was played behind closed doors and this latest news throws doubt over the immediate future of not only international cricket games but possibly NRL and Super Rugby fixtures. 0.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins says he didn’t mind playing in front of no supporters and lacked no motivation as Australia’s cricketers come to accept this could be the new norm. Japanese side the Sunwolves are already marooned in Australia after their home fixtures against Australian and New Zealand teams were moved to the southern hemisphere. Loading The usual cheering and sledging was obsolete at the famous ground, with players having to provide their own source of motivation to take wickets and score runs. Handshakes and hugs were traded for fist bumps and back slaps as Australia’s players got a taste of what international cricket could look like for the foreseeable future. Soccer. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Williamson. “We’re lucky cricket isn’t a contact sport,” Cummins said. “You can try and avoid getting too close to each other so no one really changed too much.

A lot more fist bumps than normal. The hosts have won the toss at the SCG and elected to bat first. “It was certainly weird and in some ways it felt a lot more relaxed than an international game, more like a shield game or a grade game which was kind of nice. You don’t really get the chance as an international side to run out there and be able to talk to each other during the game and have it pretty relaxed. I enjoyed it but it’s certainly different. It is likely to have the feel of a domestic game, but there is no doubt that there will be some high quality on show.” .