‘Historic outcome’ as Hobart to host final Ashes Test

Hobart’s Bellerive Oval will host the fifth and final Ashes Test next month after Perth was ruled out by Cricket Australia due to WA’s border policy.

It will mark Bellerive Oval’s first Ashes Test match.

“There were a range of considerations, including commercial, logistical and operational factors and on the balance of these, the CA board agreed on [Bellerive Oval] being the most appropriate venue to host the fifth men’s Ashes Test,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement

“We also acknowledge the postponement of the Australia and Afghanistan Test due to take place in Hobart earlier in the year played a part in the decision.”

Premier Peter Gutwein said the Test would be the largest sporting event Tasmania had hosted describing it as the “holy grail of cricket.”

“Not only will it bring significant economic benefit, but importantly it’s going to grow the cricketing base and the sporting base in Tasmania,” he said.

“I want to thank Cricket Australia for recognising that and importantly, acknowledging that whilst at the end of the day, they needed to get a return on their investment that this wasn’t all about money.

“This was about making history. This was about delivering for cricket lovers all around the country, here in Tasmania and importantly, all around the world.

“This is a historic day for Tasmania. It’s a historic outcome and I couldn’t be more pleased.