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Tasmania JackJumpers home game postponed

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Schedule changes have been announced for the upcoming Round 7 of the Hungry Jack's NBL season.

Tasmania JackJumpers game against the New Zealand Breakers on January 14 has been postponed.

JackJumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse maintains it was always going to be challenging.

"With the number of guys we had struck down with the virus, unfortunately we won’t get medical clearance for enough to play in Friday’s scheduled game," Mr Brookhouse said.

“The affected players and staff are definitely over the worst of it, but the virus has impacted each individual differently and some do need a few more days to recover and return to court."

Tasmania JackJumpers will also not be available to travel to the Round 7 away game against Adelaide 36ers scheduled for January 16.

The team will be back in action next week as part of an amended Round 7 schedule, as the League gets the season back up and running.

The New Zealand Breakers will play a home game against the JackJumpers on Wednesday, 19 January at MyState Bank Arena.

“Our staff will assist the NBL and the Breakers to deliver the operational requirements for the game put on a great spectacle for the fans,” Mr Brookhouse said.

More information on ticket sales for the January 19 game, as well as ticket reallocation or refunds for the postponed January 14 home game, will be released in the coming days.

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In the meantime, the Australian and English Ashes squads are preparing in Hobart ahead of the final test, starting Friday.

Selectors will make a decision over the coming days whether to leave out Travis Head, Usman Khawaja or Marcus Harris from the Australian eleven.

Bellerive Oval's head curator is expecting a bit of action from the pitch on the first day of the final Ashes Test in Hobart.

Marcus Pamplin says he's left a bit of grass on it, to preserve the pink ball.

Sport and Recreation Minister Jane Howlett is excited for the historic match.

"This is an amazing opportunity for our sport-loving community, and for many young cricket fans, this will be the first opportunity they have had to experience such a large-scale, top-level, international event on home soil," Ms Howlett said.

The fifth Ashes Test at Blundstone Arena is expected to bring about $27 million worth of economic benefit for Tasmania.

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