- Reports say the Ashes is set to go ahead as planned after players agree to a deal
- Joe Root is said to have agreed to captain the team this winter.
- Players prepare to survive a difficult quarantine by staying in the picturesque Yarra Valley
- Their families will also be allowed to spend Christmas with the team in Australia
Joe Root has committed to captain England on their Ashes tour in Australia this winter, and according to reports, a full-strength side is set to head Down Under.
With just two months left for the first Test at The Gabba to begin, there is no official confirmation from England yet that their players will fly to Australia for the series amid concerns over coronavirus restrictions.
but The Telegraph is reporting That Root has now agreed to captain the team, and it is understood that England at full strength will travel to win back the urn.
Joe Root is reportedly committed to captaining England in the Ashes series this winter
Jos Buttler has yet to decide whether he wants to travel to Down Under for the winter
The players are set to travel next month, and their families will also be allowed to join them for Christmas, spending their two-week quarantine in the picturesque Yarra Valley wine region near Melbourne.
Allowing families to fly to Australia was a turning point for many players, unwilling to spend long periods of time in a tightly restricted COVID-safe bubble away from their loved ones.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, England players who are not involved in the Twenty20 World Cup will also be spared from a tough quarantine in Queensland in November, and will instead spend only a few days in their hotels before leaving. The more relaxed atmosphere of the Gold Coast.
Root (left) speaks to Australia captain Tim Paine during the fourth Test of the 2019 Ashes series
Root will once again lead his side in the fight as they try to win back the Ashes Down Under
Meanwhile, later arrivals will be able to bypass Queensland entirely, and fly directly into Melbourne before quarantining in the Yarra Valley.
The Telegraph reports that the only likely absence for England is wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who is still deciding whether he wants to stay away from his family, which will be required for the five-Test series. .
There have been weeks of talks to prevent the tour from being postponed or cancelled, and will be a major relief to the ECB and Cricket Australia now that a deal has gone smoothly.
For the hosts’ organization in particular, it was paramount that a deal was struck, it was estimated that the cancellation could cost them up to £100 million and lead them to bankruptcy.
Meanwhile, some fringe players from England are also expected to travel Down Under with the team, as it is understood that many are concerned about their long-term prospects if they turn down the opportunity.
Root was out last week for the Alfred Dunhill Links on the St Andrews golf course
The complexities of interstate travel in Australia have also been highlighted by concerns over when to move Australian Test players from New South Wales and Victoria, where Covid restrictions have been less stringent, to Queensland in time for the Gabba Test.
The Queensland border is currently closed to NSW, whose cricketers include Test off-spinners Nathan Lyon and Victoria, raising concerns about a possible 14-day quarantine for players that will give them enough time to prepare for the Ashes opener. gives time.
But CA is confident that the increasing number of vaccinations in Australia will mean that restrictions will be eased before the first test.