New Perth Stadium misses out on Ashes

James Sutherland expressed disappointment on the news of Perth Stadium not hosting the third Ashes Test
James Sutherland expressed disappointment on the news of Perth Stadium not hosting the third Ashes Test
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Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that third Ashes Test between Australia and England has been shifted to WACA after the new Perth Stadium has failed in its timeline to be ready for hosting the encounter.

The venue in Burswood was set to have 60,000 seats and was originally named to host the game between 14th and 18th December but the case has been ruled out now after construction delays.

CA chief executive James Sutherland confirmed the news in a statement released by the Australian board.

"We knew that everything needed to come together but it was still disappointing," Sutherland told reporters.

"We were really hoping that the test match could be played at this magnificent new stadium.

"Nonetheless, there's lots to look forward to."

Sutherland further added that the board is now targetting the 28th January One-Day International between the two teams to be played at the venue.

England have played 13 Tests at WACA previously and has managed a solitary win that came way back in 1978. The venue which has a capacity of just 24,500 with temporary seating will be turned into a boutique ground after the new Perth Stadium gets operational.

The five-match Ashes series will be played between 23rd November and 8th January.

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