Cricket: SCG redevelopment won't be fully complete for Ashes

SYDNEY (AFP) - The Sydney Cricket Ground's renovation of the Bradman and Noble stands will not be completed in time for January's fifth Ashes Test, the ground's operators said on Monday.

The SCG and Sports Ground Trust said fans and ground members could expect some temporary facilities in place at the SCG for the final Ashes Test, beginning on Jan 3.

"While practical completion for the new stands is expected early in 2014, we are working towards opening the majority of facilities for day one of the Test match," the Trust said in an update on the A$186 million (S$218.2 million) redevelopment.

All the seating is expected to be in place for the Test beneath the new roof enclosure, a ground spokesman said.

The opening match in the five-Test series gets under way at Brisbane's Gabba ground on Nov 21, with England bidding for their fourth straight Ashes victory.