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Perth officially loses the fifth Ashes test due to Mark McGowan's tough quarantine rules

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Perth has officially lost the right to host the fifth Ashes test due to Mark McGowan’s refusal to budge on his state’s tough Covid restrictions. 

In a statement on Monday, Cricket Australia confirmed the highly-anticipated event would be shifted from Perth Stadium due to ‘pandemic-related restrictions’. 

CA said while ‘every effort’ was made to ensure the final match could be played in Perth, border controls and quarantine requirements have made it impossible.  

The respective priorities of WA Cricket, CA and the WA Government could not be coordinated to stage the series in Perth, the statement said. 

‘These complexities also mean that any suggestion of changing the order of the venues would not be feasible,’ it read. 

The final match in the series, scheduled to begin on January 14, will be held at a new venue due to be announced in the next few days. 

Perth has officially lost the right to host the fifth Ashes test due to Mark McGowan's refusal to budge on his state's tough Covid restrictions

Perth has officially lost the right to host the fifth Ashes test due to Mark McGowan’s refusal to budge on his state’s tough Covid restrictions

Western Australia requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days - which would mean the game could only be played on January 19

Western Australia requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days – which would mean the game could only be played on January 19

CA chief executive Nick Hockley said he was particularly disappointed for WA cricket fans who had been looking forward to christening their new stadium. 

‘We are very disappointed that we are unable to stage the fifth men’s Ashes Test at Perth Stadium,’ he said in the statement. 

He reiterated that Cricket Australia had done ‘everything we could’ in partnership with the WA government’s current border and health arrangements.  

It comes after the hermit state’s attempt to poach the second Ashes Test from Adelaide was slammed by cricket fans across the country.  

Sydney will host the fourth round at the SCG on January 5 before the game is supposed to move to Optus Stadium in Perth on January 14.

But WA requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days – which would mean the game couldn’t be played until January 19.

The state has proposed swapping its round with Adelaide to instead host the second Test on December 16.

If that went ahead, the border closure means interstate travellers would be locked out of Western Australia with only locals able to watch the Test match at the stadium. 

Outraged sports fans around the country took to social media to slam the proposal.

‘The McGowan government now wants Cricket Australia to swap the Perth and Adelaide tests so that WA doesn’t lose its test match this summer,’ one person wrote.

WA requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days - which would mean the game couldn't be played in Perth until January 19

WA requires all players and personnel staff to quarantine for 14 days – which would mean the game couldn’t be played in Perth until January 19

Outraged sports fans around the country took to social media to slam the proposal

Outraged sports fans around the country took to social media to slam the proposal

‘Imagine having the audacity to lock everyone out then expecting them to rearrange plans to suit you.’

Another person added: ‘Wouldn’t any cricket test in WA be pointless anyway because it’d have to be a single innings for each team because nobody would be allowed back in once they got out?’ 

WA Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti argued Perth would risk losing out on the Test match if the rounds weren’t swapped.

‘If cricket isn’t able to meet our border rules for the fifth Test in Perth, then they should move the second Test to Perth instead,’ he said.

‘It’s a no-brainer. As long as Queensland stays Covid-free then the teams can fly in ahead of the pink ball day-night Test, which is due to start on December 16.

‘The simple solution would be to bring that Test here while South Australia manages its Covid outbreak. Adelaide can then host the fifth Test originally scheduled for Perth.

Outraged cricket fans have not held back as they slam Western Australia over its proposal to host the second Ashes Test

Outraged cricket fans have not held back as they slam Western Australia over its proposal to host the second Ashes Test

‘They (the teams) could fly straight into Perth after the Brisbane Test. Then no one will need to worry about quarantine and Covid protocols.’

Cricket commentators have remained unsympathetic saying it would be unfair to swap the rounds.

‘Yeah we can’t host a Test match in mid-January but we’ll try steal the one locked into Adelaide Oval for mid-December and complain when we inevitably don’t get it,’ cricket writer Daniel Brettig tweeted.

‘Galaxy brain stuff from the WA government #Ashes.’

Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb added: ‘No brainer’ is the correct description … just the wrong definition.’

Cricket Australia is reported to be in discussions about changing the venue to Hobart or Melbourne.     

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