To avoid undergoing the 14-day quarantine period in Australia, the team has managed to secure a chartered flight from Wellington immediately after the completion of the fifth T20 match between Australia and New Zealand. The game has been rescheduled from 2 pm (local time ) to 10 am so that Australia can take the flight on the same day itself and won’t have to transit through Auckland.
As a matter of fact, Auckland has been labelled as the red zone after a spike in the covid-19 cases. All those who will take the flight to Australia from that city will undergo a 14-day quarantine period.
“The decision follows discussions between New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia and will allow the Australia squad to catch a charter flight home immediately after the game – and avoid having to transit through Auckland,” New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.
Thus, not travelling from Auckland would mean that Australians won’t have to serve the 14-day quarantine period. Having said that, the borders of Western Australia and Queensland have been closed for all those who arrive from any part of New Zealand.
Australia is currently 2-0 down in the five-match T20 series against New Zealand. The Blackcaps have emerged victorious in the first two games and would look to win the third match and thereby seal the series. The third T20 will be played on Wednesday at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.