Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald has said that Cricket Australia (CA) is working at its full-potential to go ahead with the Test series against South Africa as planned.
Australia is scheduled to face South Africa in a three-match test series, which forms a part of the ICC World Test Championship. The Tim Paine led side will tour South Africa in February for the Test series that will extend till March. The first Test will commence from February 18.
The series, will however, clash with Australia’s T20I tour of New Zealand. McDonald has still affirmed that they will go ahead with the South Africa series.
“We are expecting the tour to go ahead and we are planning our preparations with our quicks. A team going for South Africa for the Test series and a team going to New Zealand none of that changed at this stage. We are working day and night to make sure that we do go to South Africa. I think it is important for the world cricket that the show goes on,” Andrew McDonald said, speaking in a virtual press conference on Saturday.
Speaking of the ongoing Test in Brisbane, the coach said that the rain will aid the bowlers by binding the cracks which will soon resurface as the match will progress, making use of which the bowlers can pick wickets effectively.
“Definitely, the surface was a lot drier than we used to see here on day one at the Gabba. Saw some cracking appearing on the morning on day one and clearly overnight that some open-up little bit fell on and I’m not sure what rain has done to the wicket today maybe it helps to stay together and close those a little bit.
“As the game progresses, those cracks will open up a fair bit more and I think we see the acceleration of the game when the wicket will start deteriorating. We are optimistic that it will happen and if it does not then we have to find other ways,” he added.