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Sports minister fluffs lines while holding hope for WA Ashes

WA Sports Minister Tony Buti has wrongly claimed there was no Test cricket played in the Eastern States last summer as he held out hope Perth may still host the Ashes.

The gaffe is the latest twist in a week of confusion about whether the fifth Test will be staged at Optus Stadium from January 14, just a week before the series gets underway in Brisbane.

Mr Buti said negotiations were still ongoing with Cricket Australia but wouldn’t confirm the teams would only have to serve five days quarantine before they take to the field in Perth.

“When the Premier mentioned 14 days some people in the media obviously didn’t do their research. He was talking about 14 days quarantine in Australia, he didn’t say 14 days quarantine between the fourth and the fifth Test. That was the problem that some of the media jumped on. Let’s just wait,” he said.

“We are in negotiations, we are doing our best and we hope to still have the fifth Test in Perth, but I will repeat that we will not compromise on the safety of West Australians.”

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