Rohit Sharma (C) chats with teammates during a training session at the MCG in Melbourne on Saturday. AFP
Five Indian cricket players currently touring Australia were self-isolating on Saturday after dining inside a Melbourne restaurant put them in potential breach of strict COVID-19 health measures.
The players — Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini — are being kept away from the rest of the Indian and Australian squads ahead of the third Test starting in Sydney on Thursday.
The Australian state of Victoria, which contains Melbourne, is currently working to stem a cluster of virus cases tied to a wider outbreak in neighbouring New South Wales.
In response authorities now require all restaurant-goers to dine outdoors and maintain social distancing. The cricketing quintet were filmed inside the restaurant by a fan, who then posted the clip on Twitter.
"The BCCI and CA are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of biosecurity protocols," a statement from Cricket Australia said.
"In the interim, on the advice of the Australian and Indian medical teams, the aforementioned players have been placed in isolation as a precaution."
Australia won the opening Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, with India levelling the series on Tuesday with an eight wickets win in Melbourne.
The third Test will go ahead in Sydney despite a coronavirus outbreak in the city, with Brisbane holding the final clash as scheduled.
Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, in just his second Test, put on 123 runs for the seventh wicket — a record for India at the Gabba — taking their team from a precarious 186 for seven to 309 before Thakur was bowled by Pat Cummins for an entertaining 67.
Though there was a rearguard action from Hardik Pandya, who got his highest ODI score (90 off 76 balls) and added 128 runs for the fifth wicket with opener Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 86), Australia's total of 374 for six wickets in 50 overs.
It was also Smith’s first century in Australia since December 2017 in a drawn Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Omar Khribin’s second half penalty earned UAE’s Al Wahda a 1-0 win over nine-man Al Rayyan at Goa’s Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds of the 2021 AFC Champions League from Group E. Khibin converted
Lionel Messi gave up the chance for a hat-trick on Thursday as Barcelona held off a late fightback from Getafe to win 5-2 and stay in the race at the top of La Liga. Messi scored twice and could have had a third in injury-time at Camp Nou but deferred a penalty to Antoine Griezmann,
The focus is firmly back on the race for the top four in the Premier League this weekend after the brief distraction of the ill-fated European Super League. In the chaos earlier this week it was unclear whether the clubs that had signed up to the breakaway league would even be allowed
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan for the first time in a Twenty20 international on Friday, with four-wicket Luke Jongwe the star of a shock 19-run triumph at Harare Sports Club. A maiden victory in 16 attempts seemed unlikely when the tourists restricted the hosts to a meagre 118-9