Australia-New Zealand series called off over travel restrictions
The remaining two ODIs of the ongoing three-match series Australia and New Zealand have been called off in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
This comes on the heels of the New Zealand government imposing restrictions entry into certain countries, including Australia.
The Kiwis will now fly back home on Saturday evening, on the eve of the second scheduled ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday (March 15).
The first ODI was played in Sydney on Friday, where Australia handed New Zealand a 71-run thrashing to go 1-0 up in the series.
Meanwhile the T20I series between the two nations has also been postponed. The 20-over format series was supposed to take place later this month.
“At 4.30pm this afternoon, the New Zealand Government tightened its border restrictions and included Australia on the list of countries from which those entering New Zealand would be subjected to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period,” a statement from New Zealand Cricket read.
“A consequence of this is that we need to get our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, meaning it will not be able to participate in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee fixtures.
“This development also means the three-match T20I series scheduled for New Zealand cannot proceed as the mandatory self-isolation period would also apply to the Australian squad as soon as it crossed the border into New Zealand,” it added.