Boris Johnson presses for easing of Australia travel ban to save Ashes

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Boris Johnson has pressured his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to lift the Australian travel ban on UK adults on time to save the Ashes tour this winter.

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A ban on the entry of all British nationals was on the agenda when the prime minister met Mr Morrison for dinner in the US capital Washington on Tuesday evening.

The England cricket team is facing revolt by players who are threatening to refuse to travel Down Under if their families cannot come with them.


Several senior players, who are also taking part in the IPL and the T20 World Cup, are said to be unhappy with the prospect of being away from their teammates and children for four months.

The team should be allowed to enter Australia under rules that allow entry to persons traveling in “exceptional circumstances”. Also unable to travel is Lord Ian Botham, who has recently been named as Mr Johnson’s trade envoy to the country.


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