Are Australians ready to return to SCG after Phillip Hughes tragedy?

Fourth and final Test between India and Australia, starting from January 6 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), would be an emotional one for the home team.

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Jan 01, 2015, 16:50 PM IST
Are Australians ready to return to SCG after Phillip Hughes tragedy?

New Delhi: Fourth and final Test between India and Australia, starting from January 6 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), would be an emotional one for the home team.

SCG is the same ground where Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes fell to a fatal bouncer by Sean Abbott, during a Sheffield Shield match, just before the start of the high-profile Test series.

Although, the hosts have already reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by leading the series 2-0, Sydney Test will be a different ball game for the Aussies.

During the forthcoming Test, the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust have planned to unveil a bronze plaque in memory of Hughes. The plaque will feature details of Hughes' career at the SCG, where he made his first-class debut for NSW in 2007 and played his first Test on Australian soil, against Pakistan in 2010.

Along with that, sixty-three bats, individually etched with images from Hughes' career, will also be affixed to the outside upper tier of the members' stand.

There also will be a small exhibition in the SCG Museum featuring some of the tributes the public made to Hughes.

So the final Test would prove out to be emotionally draining for Steven Smith & Co. In fact, few Australians also feel that the home team's return to the SCG will be difficult.

"Having won the series has probably helped some of that, but no doubt there are going to be some challenging moments returning to the SCG," said Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Alastair Nicholson.

It would be interesting to see how well the home team manages to cope with the pressure, when they lock horns with India.