Cricket News: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has opted to tour Australia for the much-anticipated Ashes series, which is expected to begin in December this year, according to a major update on the series. The decision was reached following a round of negotiations between the cricket boards of both countries.
Furthermore, it is stated that England captain Joe Root was present during the conversation between Cricket Australia and the ECB and has verified that the Three Lions will have a full-fledged squad for The Ashes.
One key factor that has cast doubt on the Ashes series’ future was whether or not family members of the travelling English team would be permitted. So yet, there has been no update on these fronts.
Due to Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions, the Perth Test may have to be rescheduled
Even though the Ashes appear to have been given the green light, there is still uncertainty about the location of the fifth and final Test match, which is scheduled to be played in Perth. This is due to the fact that the state of Western Australia has implemented rigorous measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and may not allow anyone to enter the state without a mandated quarantine.
Meanwhile, Australia’s sports minister, Richard Colbeck, has stated unequivocally that there are major doubts about whether a Test match would be held in Perth this year. However, he intimated that Tasmania, his home state, may host the last Test if Western Australia is certain about the quarantine restrictions.
There is no time limit for players to quarantine prior to flying to Perth: Minister for Sport in Australia
“We’ve had to do a lot of work to organise quarantine arrangements for cricketers coming into Australia,” Colbeck said, according to the Daily Mail.
“There are substantial doubts about whether a Test match will be held in Perth this summer. It won’t happen if there’s no way for them to come here without being quarantined for an extended period of time “He said.
“There is no timetable for players to quarantine before going to Perth following the Melbourne and Sydney Tests, so I believe those arrangements are much established. The Australian government wants the Ashes to go ahead, but the Perth Test’s odds are poor “He further said.
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