With the men’s fallout to the international summer still echoing from the chaotic end, England turned to winter, which was plagued by uncertainty and turmoil.
India refused to do its fifth and final test at Old Trafford, and subsequent cancellations emphasized that the difficulty of playing international sports still remains during the pandemic.
The Manchester test defeat may be more related to the Indian Premier League than Covid. Nevertheless, when the coronavirus was added to the mixture, it showed that the stress and tension (India first arrived in the UK in May) on players during a long tour was exacerbated to almost intolerable levels.
India and the United Kingdom remained in a “controlled environment” this summer, rather than being limited to a team bubble. This is one of the reasons why Covid was a factor towards the end of the five test series.
In the UK, the same is not true during the winter, which includes the UAE’s T20 World Cup and the Australian Ash series.
Eoin Morgan’s whiteball team is limited to severe bubbles while in the UAE. Joe Root’s test team is afraid of the same in Australia, so why are up to 10 players considering taking the tour?
So far, there are tours of the T20 World Cup and the Caribbean early next year. The Caribbean venue has not yet been confirmed, but it seems that tours, or tours that separate the white and red ball teams, are expected to proceed relatively well.
British winter schedule
- 1st T20: Rawalpindi, October 13th
- Second T20: Rawalpindi, October 14th
T20 World Cup (United Arab Emirates)
Australian Ash Tour
- First test: Brisbane, December 8-12
- Second test: Adelaide, December 16-20
- Third test: Melbourne, December 26-30
- Fourth test: Sydney, January 5-9
- Fifth test: Perth, January 14-18
West Indies Tour (All Venue tbc)
- 1st T20: January 28
- Second T20: January 30
- Third T20: February 2
- Fourth T20: February 4th
- Fifth T20: February 5
- First test: March 8-12
- Second test: March 16-20
- Third test: March 24-28
Next month, we will have a two-game T20 tour of Pakistan. This is a World Cup warm-up and seems to be on track despite the volatile conditions in neighboring Afghanistan.
Ash, however, is a big unknown. It looks like the series will go on, but what team Englandfield and exactly where the match will take place remains in the air.
The lack of information from Cricket Australia regarding quarantine arrangements and the preparation of players’ families to join them makes it difficult to predict anything.
Last week Jos Buttler worried players due to lack of information. “It’s hard to make a decision if everyone is just waiting for it to become clearer and they don’t know what decision to make.”
Butler admitted that he might not take the Australian tour. Even with the concession of being able to quarantine in a relatively comfortable location on a Gold Coast golf resort, some others hesitate to commit. Country.
England’s ash pre-party is expected to arrive in early November, so it’s not practical for players with school-age children to take their families out at the same time and share a lighter quarantine period desired on the Gold Coast. is not. If you arrive later, you may be subject to strict quarantine in your hotel room.
“My family says they’re not going to Australia anymore,” James Anderson admitted in his latest newspaper column.
“My kids are in school. The youngest is taking the exam and there is no way to quarantine for two weeks. By the time the kids come out, I play a test match and only a few days You may not meet. Please come back to the beginning of the semester. “
The issue is how tight the team’s bubble will be, and England wants a bubble-free scenario similar to when home summer is gone.
Ash 20 21-22 date
Men’s Ash Schedule (Current status)
- First place: December 8-12 – Brisbane, Gabber
- Second test: December 16-20 – Adelaide Oval (day / night)
- Third test: December 26-30 – MCG, Melbourne
- Fourth test: January 5-9 – SCG, Sydney
- Fifth test: January 14-18 – Optus Stadium, Perth
One of the ideas being discussed is that players will be given the option to play in three tests before returning home. This may appeal to those who have already played in the T20 World Cup: Moen Ali, Johnny Bainesu, Butler, Samkaran, David Malang, Chris Woakes and Markwood. That means they haven’t spent more than three months away from home.
But even the place of ash is not set on the stone. Currently, border closures and a two-week forced quarantine to move between different states are underway. Western Australia, the toughest state of Zerocovid, has stated that it will not fully reopen its borders until February next year, putting the final ash test in Perth at serious risk.
Problems can also occur when moving between other states – Me One of the worst scenarios Cricket Australia is investigating is said to be playing all five tests in Sydney.
It looks ridiculous, frankly, but the fact that it is mentioned conveys to you the uncertainty surrounding the ashes. Britain was told to expect more information by the end of the month.
The Australian Vaccine Program is expected to fully open Australia by December. However, there is no guarantee about winter, which is promised to be as complex and controversial as late this summer.