Warne says England quarantine is ‘pool holiday’ and stars should go Down Under

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Shane Warne believes that the quarantine of England players in Australia will be more like a holiday than a difficult one.

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The veteran leggie said that no one in Joe Root’s team should be out of the Ashes.

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England captain Joe Root and company will decide if they want to go downcredits: PA
Shane Warne, pictured with Aussie teammates Justin Langer and Glenn McGrath in 1999, thinks England might as well have a great time - in quarantine

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Shane Warne, pictured with Aussie teammates Justin Langer and Glenn McGrath in 1999, thinks England might as well have a great time – in quarantinecredit: Reuters

The tour is expected to be rubber-stamped by the ECB board over the next few days, with most players including one-time waver Jos Buttler.

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England are expected to quarantine upon arrival at a resort on the Gold Coast, while families are set to spend time ahead of Christmas at a country-club-style residence outside Melbourne before rejoining players.

Warne said: “What I have heard is that England are being given a resort for their 14-day quarantine – swimming pools, golf courses and everything for their families.

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“Definitely, it is a two-week holiday and not a quarantine. If they have a resort, swim, play golf, have a lot of fun in the pool with their family and kids – it’s really summer so will shine and be warm.

“If they can do all that, hopefully we will have all of England’s strength for the Ashes.”

Warne, who took 708 Test wickets for Australia, told talkSPORT: “I would be disappointed if someone from England gets out because I don’t know why they would. This is the Ashes series, which is the biggest series in the world.

“You can define your career by what you do in the Ashes series. But, in this day and time, if someone feels that it is going to be very difficult for them, then you have to accept it.”


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Warne’s comments come 24 hours after England icon Ian Botham asked whether some players “imagine the ultimate test.”

After weeks of talks, players are close to satisfied that the quarantine arrangement for them and their families will stop bubble fatigue.

Cricket Australia tried to reassure the team during the Zoom meeting on Sunday and Tuesday.

No more group meetings are planned but some players still want clarification on some issues.

Root has received praise from Australian players’ chief Todd Greenberg, along with the way he has been discussed.

Greenberg said: “The England players have handled themselves really well. He has asked the right questions, has been really professional and all the credit goes to him.

Shane Warne believes England players and their families will have as much fun in quarantine as it would be at a resort

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Shane Warne believes England players and their families will have as much fun in quarantine as it would be at a resortcredits: PA

“They are going to get a good result because the conditions they will visit will be fantastic, and we will have a great Ashes series.”

And Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch had more sympathy for England than his Test counterpart Tim Paine.

Paine announced last week that the Ashes would “go on – whether it’s here or not.”

But Finch said in a more conciliatory tone: “I can really empathize with him.

“They have been dragged from post to post over the last few months so that I can understand where they are coming from. Guys have been on the road for a lot longer than ever before and, when you add quarantine at the beginning and potentially at the end, I fully sympathize with them.

He said, ‘He has played so much cricket in the last 18 months to two years. I can understand that they want companionship and family and want as much comfort as they can. It’s a really big issue.”

Australian captain Tim Paine says there will be ashes this winter

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