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The Ashes: Fifth Test officially moved away from Perth’s Optus Stadium

Cricket Australia has officially confirmed Optus Stadium has been scrapped as an Ashes venue, with the fifth Ashes Test set to be moved despite “every effort” being made to keep the fixture in WA.

Cricket’s governing body ruled out ruled out any reordering of the Test venues after the WA Government made a last-ditch attempt to snatch Adelaide’s second Test next week as that state deals with a COVID-19 breakout.

The WA Government’s unwillingness to ease quarantine restrictions for both the Australian and English sides, as well as broadcast crews, was ultimately too big a hurdle to overcome.

Cricket Australia said “pandemic-related restrictions” amid the scheduled short turnaround between matches meant the fixture was not possible, with CA chief executive Nick Hockley “very disappointed” that the Test was not being held.

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