While the uncertainty over which restrictions will apply for England’s players as they prepare to travel to Australia for the Ashes tour later this year will soon start to lift, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted “no quarantine favours” will be extended to the visitors during their time in the country.
England previously sought clarity on whether or not the families of players would be able to accompany them to Australia. But after Morrison’s comments, the focus now appears to be on the degree of freedom they could expect once they’ve completed their mandatory quarantine period upon arrival in the country.
According to England Test cricketer Stuart Broad, he himself would be perfectly happy to hop onto a plane and travel to Australia in November, but that he would at the same time not blame any player for being hesitant to do so in the event of a situation of having to bunker down and not being able to enjoy one of the most beautiful travel destinations on earth. Broad said this would not only be bad for player morale, but also for winning at cricket.
The England Cricket Board has in the meantime said its bracing down for some difficulty and possible withdrawals in the event of overly strict bio-bubble conditions. Jos Buttler, for one, has already alluded at the possibility of his own withdrawal.
England look more than likely to select an expanded squad for their Ashes tour to Australia, which would allow them greater flexibility in the event of mass withdrawals.
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