The ACT Government will formally make a pitch to bring the Ashes Cricket series to Canberra this summer.

It comes after Cricket Australia confirmed the Fifth Test would not be going ahead in Perth, as originally scheduled, due to the Wetsern Australia’s ‘stringent COVID-19 travel restrictions’.

A decision on where the fifth test will be moved to is yet to be made but Hobart appears to be the front runner.

However, Canberra will now also throw its hat in the ring.

ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, said Manuka Oval is well placed to host the international game.

“Manuka Oval successfully hosted its first test match, Australia versus Sri Lanka, in February 2019.”

“We will draw on the experience gained from hosting that Test match, along with the many COVID safe matches that were moved to Manuka in the 2020/21 cricket season.”

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“Canberrans love watching international cricket at Manuka Oval, with this in mind the ACT Government would love to provide our community with another opportunity to witness world-class sport in our city.”

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