Cricket WA Sport

No India, but still a little slice of history for Perth

As disappointing as it may sound, Perth will miss out on a test in the upcoming series against India this summer with the four tests going to Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney.

But there is a slice of cricket history that Perth should still be proud of, they will be the first Australian city to host Afghanistan in a Test Match, with the visitors having gained Test Status in 2017.

Afghanistan will play Australia in a one-off test at the WACA Ground in late November – its the first one off test in Perth since November 1989 – when Australia & New Zealand played out a draw and the first test at the ground since the 3rd 2017-18 Ashes Test versus England.

To make it even better, it will be a day-night test with the pink ball.

Its only fitting that Perth gets the first ever Australian test against a Cricket country on the rise, they have some phenomenal players in their side such as the spinner Rashid Khan who has played in Australia before in the Twenty20 Big Bash League, as well as Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who along with Khas has become a fan favourite around the world.

As much as the WA Audience wants to vent at Cricket Australia for snubbing the $1.6B Optus Stadium from the summer, this is a perfect opportunity to show their support for Afghanistan Cricket and Australian Cricket.

A big crowd across the five days should be a sign of respect and with COVID-19 restrictions slowly easing here in WA, it has come at a perfect time.

Cricket, like most sports has taken many blows in the last few months, and now is the perfect time for the western sporting public to get behind the baggy green and give test cricket the booster shot it desperately needs.

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Paul Persic

Paul Persic

Paul Persic is a respected writer and podcaster and a member of the WA Daily Sports team. Paul hosts Talking Motorsport every Monday 7pm on 91.3 SportFM as well as Full Time with Pauly and Darce, on Front Row Screens, Sunday's from 5pm. In addition to his radio ventures, Paul can also be found presenting 'Paul Persic Presents', a feature series available on Facebook.

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