The Sydney Cricket Ground's $186 million revamp will not be completed in time for its hosting of the Ashes in January.
The extension of its Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands into four levels will not be complete until a few months after the January 3-7 test, and instead will be replaced with temporary structures for the England and Australia fixture.
“It was always going to be operational for the Test match this year. That's the goal and that will be met. Finished and operational are two different things,” Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust spokesman Greg Campbell said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It will be finished probably 100 per cent absolutely tools down everything off, it will be a few months after [January] I think.”