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India Cricket Team in Brisbane Updates: Hotel's Strict Rules Relaxed Ahead of Brisbane Test

India Cricket Team in Brisbane Live Updates: Aside from the off field drama, it is worth pointing out that historically, India's record at Brisbane is a poor one. No wins, one draw, five defeats - can they turn things around this time?

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17:33 (IST)

Hanuma Vihari thanking his fans

17:22 (IST)

Meanwhile, this is hilarious from Hanuma Vihari.

16:22 (IST)

Watch out India, Nathan Lyon has a secret delivery. "I am very happy the way they are coming out of hand and I am confident and excited to get here at Gabba where there will be a bit more bounce than what was at the MCG and SCG, definitely SCG anyway. I am excited that if I keep doing my job then luck will keep changing here and there. I just got to stay patient...Who knows I could bring (secret delivery) on Day 5 if we happen to be bowling. It is still coming...keep watching."

15:14 (IST)

The Indian cricket team has faced some respite in the quarantine rules. 

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Aside from the off field drama, it is worth pointing out that historically, India's record at Brisbane is a poor one. No wins, one draw, five defeats - can they turn things around this time?

13:47 (IST)

Some good news for India now as their restrictions in the hotel have been relaxed to a degree. Further relaxation in other rules could well be implemente soon.

13:14 (IST)

There's still no clarity around whether or not Jasprit Bumrah will be available for the final Test but every sign says he's out of the match, making India's task that much harder. 

12:51 (IST)

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon will play his 100th Test at The Gabba and could notch up 400 wickets in that match. Guess you could say they don't call him 'The GOAT' for nothing...

12:33 (IST)

Kuldeep Yadav is looking good in the nets. Given the sheer raft of injury issues that India are facing lately. the left arm Chinaman bowler could well find himself starting the Brisbane Test.

11:56 (IST)

Australia have also begun with their practice sessions ahead of the final Test. 

11:43 (IST)

This can't be good news for the Test match.

11:37 (IST)

Michael Vaughan shares his two cents (or pence?) on the Brisbane Test.

11:27 (IST)

Here's an indicator of what the team had to put up with in the Brisbane hotel: "There was no room service or house keeping facilities. The gym is very basic and not of international standards and the swimming pool can't be accessed. This wasn't what they were promised when they checked in," a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

11:19 (IST)

Players are now reportedly being allowed to mingle, as a Board source confirmed to TOI: "Yes, they have been provided with a team room and are allowed to meet each other inside the hotel."

11:11 (IST)

India have begun to prepare for the Brisbane Test.

11:05 (IST)

India will be playing the fourth Test in the Queensland capital from January 15 where the surge of COVID-19 cases and a border lockdown with New South Wales has led to a strict hotel quarantine for the Ajinkya Rahane-led team. 

10:56 (IST)

Earlier, there were reports that the presence of a new variant of Covid-19 in Brisbane had sent the BCCI into a tizzy. A confirmed case of a British variant of the Coronavirus has been found in the Australian city which plays host to the fourth and final Test match. 

10:52 (IST)

Queensland had to impose a three-day lockdown over fears of fresh cases of the new variant of covid-19 and the border closure, and the Indian team were staring at the prospect of another round a quarantine.

India Cricket Team in Brisbane Updates: Hotel's Strict Rules Relaxed Ahead of Brisbane Test

India Cricket Team in Brisbane Live Updates: Aside from the off field drama, it is worth pointing out that historically, India's record at Brisbane is a poor one. No wins, one draw, five defeats - can they turn things around this time?

Report: The Indian cricket board is in talks with hosts Cricket Australia (CA) to allow the Indian cricket team leeway after the Indian cricketers checked in at the Sofitel Brisbane Central hotel to a 'Do It Yourself (DIY)' directive that denied them housekeeping services. The directives also denied them the use of the swimming pool as Queensland, of which Brisbane is the capital, seeks to avoid community transmission of Covid-19. A couple of areas in Brisbane have, in fact, been declared as hotspot areas. A official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed to IANS that the team, which reached Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon, has been denied housekeeping, room service and the use of the swimming pool.

"The BCCI is in talks with CA over the matter," said the official, hoping that the issue will be resolved. There was speculation that India wouldn't travel to Brisbane, though there was no official statement from either the BCCI or CA on this isssue. Both teams are being subjected to strict quarantine rules as they have arrived in Queensland from Sydney in New South Wales, which saw a rise in Covid-19 cases recently. The state of Queensland saw a few Covid-19 cases in recent days which makes the precautions and a demand for hard quarantine understandable. "Queensland has recorded one new local Covid-19 case and two in hotel quarantine while two Brisbane locations remain on high alert after they were visited by a man with the highly contagious UK strain," said a report on Channel 9 news website. Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the state has 28 active cases.

Another report further added that the Indian team and their management has told the BCCI that it should either be allowed to use the amenities at the hotel and given certain facilities – which has been shared with Cricket Australia (CA) and their Indian counterparts – or be put on a flight back to India at the earliest. The BCCI has reportedly not been too understanding of the situation and senior members of the board – who are enquiring about their players – have no idea what president Sourav Ganguly & Co. are up to. "Look at the state of the team. It’s like a hospital ward. And then we expect them to come back and play a full-fledged series against England, then play the IPL, then head to England for a five-Test series, then play the T20 World Cup. Are they humans or machines," BCCI members told the publication. The final Test of the series begins on Friday (January 15).

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