This winter ash series in Australia appears with serious suspicion after the England & Wales Cricket Commission has approved a crunch talk to decide whether to cancel the tour later this week.
English players were shown details of the weekend tour’s Covid protocol, and the concessions obtained from Australians, including quarantine when arriving at a resort on the Gold Coast of Queensland, were sufficient to get the majority on the trip. Was thought to be.
It is understood that up to 10 players are considering withdrawing from travel due to concerns about quarantine and biosecure bubbles for themselves and their families during their stay in Australia.
England captain Joe Root admitted last week that he wouldn’t be able to take the tour until he saw full details about how his team would work. It is clear that the ECB has fallen short of expectations of English players after saying on Monday: A team that deserves this series of importance. “
It is unclear whether any of England’s concessions, including soft quarantine on arrival, have been withdrawn, but Australia has recently taken a more aggressive approach to this issue. Or no jaw route. “
Australia, in particular, hasn’t tested abroad once since the start of the pandemic, and since the last test is away from home and the final round of the 2019 Ashes series, it has already done 12 tests this year. In England it would have been terribly depressed. More than 2 years.
The rapid closure of borders between Australian states and the blockade of a small number of coronavirus cases made the ECB nearly impossible to plan tours. Last week, Tasmania withdrew from the Sheffield Shield game in Queensland after four new Covid cases surfaced in Tasmania.
Eight Argentine rugby players were also denied re-entry to Queensland last week after a day trip to Byron Bay, New South Wales. The Argentines stayed on the Gold Coast as they participated in the Rugby Championship with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but eight day-trippers could not return without two weeks of quarantine.
It’s all an unpalatable picture for an English cricket player who is intended to start ashes in Brisbane on December 8th.
The ECB’s full statement, which made it more likely that the tour would be postponed, said:
“As the situation is constantly evolving, we continue to have regular and positive dialogue with Cricket Australia on these arrangements.“ With health and well-being at the forefront, our focus is on tours with players and management. It’s about ensuring that your team is on the right track for best performance.
“Once again this week, we’ll talk to players, share the latest information, and ask for feedback.
“Later this week, the ECB Board will meet to determine if the conditions are sufficient to advance the tour and to enable the selection of the right team for this series of importance.”