Hobart to make men Day-night test debut

The Blundstone Arena (Bellerive Oval) in Hobart has been confirmed to host the final and fifth Test of the ongoing Ashes series. The series will be the second pink-ball game, with Adelaide scheduled to host the traditional Day-Night game for the second Test.

The Blundstone Arena (Bellerive Oval) in Hobart has been confirmed to host the final and fifth Test of the ongoing Ashes series. The series will be the second pink-ball game, with Adelaide scheduled to host the traditional Day-Night game for the second Test.

It would mark as the first time that the state of Tasmania would play host to a men's Ashes Test and the first Test at the venue since 2016. The venue change was necessitated after Western Australia's border restrictions ruled out the Optus Stadium in Perth from hosting the final Test. By playing a Day-Night Test, the broadcaster ensured the marquee contest retains a prime-time slot that the western city of Perth would have guaranteed.

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Hobart was initially scheduled to host the Test against Afghanistan last month, which had to be postponed due to the political situation with the Taliban government's impact on women's sport. Cricket Tasmania subsequently pushed hard to be given an Ashes Test and was endorsed by the state government and the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"We are delighted to announced that Blundstone Arena in Hobart will be hosting an Ashes Test match for the first time and thanked to the Tasmanian government for its support," Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said on Saturday (December 11).

"I would like to thank all states and territories who took part in the process. The submissions we received were excellent, and we did not doubt that each of the venues that took part would have hosted a fantastic event.

"There were a range of considerations, including operational factors, logistical and commercial and on the balance of these, the Cricket Australia board agreed on Blundstone Arena being the most appropriate venue to host the fifth Vodafone Men's Ashes Test."

Last month Cricket Tasmania came out very strongly against CA's handling of the Tim Paine situation, but they were always confident that it would not be held against them in this process.

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