South Australia has thrown its hat in the ring for Sydney’s weather-beaten New Year test and Channel 7’s Adelaide-based reporter Rosie Barnett believes there are compelling reasons for the move.
“We’re coming for you, Beretts (Mark Beretta),” Barnett warned the sports commentator and the Sydney-based Sunrise team on Friday morning.
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“It has been reported that Adelaide is planning to snatch the New Year’s Test from Sydney,” Barnett boldly declared.
“We have been told by senior cricket sources that Peter Malinauskas, our Prime Minister, as well as the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) have submitted their bid all the way to Cricket Australia.
“For us here (in Adelaide) it’s really no surprise.
“(Sports) fans love their cricket here and we have the numbers to show it.”
In December, nearly 87,000 people turned out for the day-night test at the Adelaide Oval, and Barnett stressed that that was more than double the turnout at the Perth Test just a week earlier.
South Australia has been aggressive in bidding for major events of late, securing the rights to host the AFL’s new Gather Round (a concept similar to the NRL’s Magic Round) just last year and also winning the race to host the inaugural LIV golf tournament in Australia .
When Adelaide was named the state of choice for the first gather round by the AFL, Malinauskas aimed at Sydney.
“We bring more people to cricket here for a Test match at the Adelaide Oval with our population than we do in Sydney with their hordes and Footy is no different,” said Malinauskas.
“Turn on the NRL most weekends and it looks like a SANFL game so we’re going to get a lot bigger viewers here and we’re proud of that. We welcome the competition, but of course the best team wins.”
On South Australia’s latest bold bid, SACA President Will Rayner said there were strong arguments for postponing the test.
“We believe SACA has a compelling case before Cricket Australia showing our premium product deserves premium planning,” he told SMH.
Barnett agreed but said there was a small problem.
“One thing we would be sadly missing, Beretts, is that really impressive stat you have over there that six of the last seven tests at the SCG have been interrupted by rain.
“Unfortunately Adelaide doesn’t have the same curse so unfortunately if we were to win (the New Year’s Test) we’d have to go against tradition and play in perfect conditions.
“So we have to see if we can still win the tender.”
Berretta points out Barnett had just dealt a blow to Perth and Sydney, but admitted there was “a little bit behind it”.
“They have nice weather in Adelaide in January, there’s no doubt about it,” said Berretta.
“(But Rosie has right now) a bag of grenades and she’s throwing them all.”
https://7news.com.au/sport/cricket/channel-7-reporter-rosie-barnett-blasts-sydney-as-adelaide-comes-after-new-years-test-c-9638033 South Australia has thrown its hat in the ring for Sydney’s weather-beaten New Year’s test