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New Perth Stadium not ready for Ashes Test

Perth’s new stadium will not be completed in time for the third Ashes Test between England and Australia in December.

The third Ashes Test will instead be played at the traditional Perth venue of the WACA with the Western Australia government confirming the new stadium would not be ready in time.

Cricket Australia (CA) had been hoping to open the new state-of-the-art 60,000 seat stadium at Burswood with an Ashes Test match, but construction delays have ruled out that possibility. The Burswood venue just last month installed five drop-in pitches.

CA confirmed the change after meeting with the Western Australia government and Western Australian Cricket Association representatives. CA chief James Sutherland said:

It’s good now we have some certainty. We knew that everything needed to come together but it was still disappointing. We were really hoping that the Test match could be played at this magnificent new stadium.

The regional authorities hope the fifth one-day international between Australia and England on 28 January will take place at the new venue.

An update from the Perth Stadium Project said the stadium is 82% complete, with 53,000 seats currently installed and more than 1,200 construction workers on site.

The update said Perth Stadium is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 Australian Football League season.

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