With the coveted AFL Grand Final likely to be heading north for the first time ever, SA is eyeing off another major sporting event at the expense of Melbourne.

The Boxing Day Test has been held consistently at the MCG since the 1980s and was last staged at Adelaide Oval in 1976.

However, ongoing concerns around the second wave of COVID-19 cases in Victoria have led to Cricket Australia looking to alternative options to host the showpiece event.

SACA CEO Keith Bradshaw told The Australian that while he did not want to see the match leave Melbourne, Australia needed a ‘Plan B’.

Cricket Australia is said to be considering the plans to shift the test to Adelaide, although Sydney has also thrown its hat in the ring to host back-to-back matches across the Christmas and New Year period.

The touring team, India is set to play four test matches across this Australian summer, although final dates and venues are still up in the air.

No timeframe on a decision around scheduling has been indicated as yet, with Cricket Australia understood to be allowing Victoria as much time as possible to see its numbers reduce.

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