Ashes in Trouble – England tour of Australia: World’s oldest and most prestigious cricket rivalry between England & Australia seems to be in some trouble. Covid-19 has created such havoc around the series that the series can get derailed on account of lack of clarity for England team. According to a reporty by Daily Mail, Joe Root’s team is repeatedly asking England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for clarity on itineary & travel of families – but no information is coming through. Lack of information is making England team players completely frustrated.
ASHES in Trouble: England tour of Australia in trouble, report claims ‘Joe Root’s team in complete dark on itineary’
Ashes in Trouble – England tour of Australia: The Daily Mail has reported that Joe Root and all other players are asking ECB for updates on the travel itinerary, hotel details and plans for accommodating families.
But ECB hasn’t replied.
Players like Jos Butler have already hinted that he can drop-out of the tour if the families are not allowed. Ben Stokes participation is also in doubt and so is some other players.
Jofra Archer, Oily Stone are carrying injuries and will not be available for Ashes. This means any drop out on account of lack of clarity or families & girlfriends not being given permission to tour along with the players will create difficulties for Joe Root squad.
On the other hand, ECB themselves are in dark due to little information flow from Cricket Australia.
ASHES in Trouble: Where exactly Cricket Australia stand on the issue?
Cricket Australia on their part is working closely with governments to facilitate a smooth passage for the players and the families.
“I have a high degree of empathy for all international sports people and international cricketers particularly,” CA’s CEO Nick Hockley was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald.
“England have played more international cricket and spent more time in bubbles than probably any other country. They’ve coming straight from the Twenty20 World Cup into a long Ashes tour.
“As we did with India last year, we’re working sensitively and constructively with governments to try and put in the best possible plans for players and support staff for both the England squad and our own squad.
“We’ll be in the same boat coming back from the Twenty20 World Cup together. We’re in regular dialogue with both the ECB (England Cricket Board) and with governments. We’re getting right into the details of those plans.
“Both us and the ECB want to absolutely field our best possible teams with optimal conditions for them to compete at their absolute best in what is ultimately the biggest stage in world cricket.”
While the five Test venues were announced last May, there are concerns that such an itinerary may no longer be possible due to the continued closure of many of Australia’s state borders at short notice.