Cameron Green set for 'disappointing' blow amid Ashes dilemma

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Cameron Green, pictured here speaking to the media at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
Cameron Green speaks to the media at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Cameron Green has opened up about the likelihood of being robbed of a home Test match for the second-straight summer, with Perth all-but certain to lose the hosting rights for the fifth Ashes Test.

Confirmation of the fifth Test being shifted away from Perth is expected to come soon, with Cricket Australia set to expedite its search for a new host city.

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Negotiations between CA and Western Australia's government have seemingly hit a brick wall over WA's strict border and quarantine rules.

The growing expectation among players, broadcasters and other stakeholders is it is a matter of when - not if - they will be told the series finale is being staged elsewhere.

It is a bitter blow to players and fans in WA, with young gun Green forced to wait until 2022-23 to represent Australia at his home ground.

Green also missed out on playing a Test in Perth last summer, with Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne playing hosts to four matches against India.

"It's still 50/50, so fingers crossed," Green told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday.

"It would be disappointing, you always want to play in front of your friends and family.

"But it's probably the same as last year, didn't get to play a game in Perth. So it won't be any different."

The prospect of a day-night Test at the MCG, beginning on January 14 and running into the start of the Australian Open, has excited legend Shane Warne, Victorian sports minister Martin Pakula and several others.

Under extreme pressure from its state-association shareholders to act collaboratively while bringing the sport to all quarters of the country, Cricket Australia is yet to lock in Melbourne as the alternate venue.

The SCG would also prove a lucrative option, while Tasmania's state government has sought support from the players' union as it seeks to stay in the mix.

Broadcasters are believed to be firm in the view the game should be played with a pink ball, given they will be missing out on prime-time fodder for the east coast that Optus Stadium generates via time zone difference.

Players have repeatedly made it clear they believe Adelaide Oval is the most suitable ground for day-night Tests.

Cameron Green, pictured here batting during a pre-Ashes training session.
Cameron Green bats during a pre-Ashes training session. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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CA, still searching for a permanent chair after Cricket NSW, Queensland Cricket and Cricket WA forced the resignation of Earl Eddings, is caught in a complex web of concerns about the new venue just one week out from the start of the series.

The governing body has remained silent about the status of the final Test since WA premier Mark McGowan indicated on Tuesday there would be no exemptions to border rules for players, staff and other officials.

There has already been feverish state-government lobbying from Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.

A political storm about the fifth Test erupted in recent weeks, including a tit for tat between McGowan and federal health minister Greg Hunt, and the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant has further complicated matters.

Green quipped he should contact McGowan to make a case for the game to stay in Perth.

"Please let us in," Green smirked when asked what he would say.

Pakula said on Wednesday the MCG's "claims were undeniable" as an alternative venue.

"The Victorian government has certainly made it clear to Cricket Australia that if the Perth Test is unable to go ahead that we'd be not just prepared to host the fifth Test, but very keen to host the fifth Test," Pakula said.

"If they can't go to Perth and it's a commercial decision then I think the MCG's claims are pretty close to undeniable."

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