Andrew Strauss has told England’s stars not to pull out of this winter’s Ashes tour despite the strict covid-19 restrictions currently in place Down Under.
Several players remain less than convinced by the current virus guidelines across many of Australia’s states and have demanded assurances over the tour and whether their families will be able to travel with them.
Cricket Australia have since reportedly sent over a full tour itinerary to the ECB, with the details expected to be shared with the players and coaching staff in the coming days.
But Strauss, who captained England to two Ashes series wins, wants the players to confirm their place on the tour, regardless if their loved ones can travel with them or not.
‘To me, the Ashes need to go ahead. We are learning to live with Covid-19 in this country and Australia is in a slightly different place. But the Ashes means a lot to a lot of people, and some of them are people that are going through a tough time themselves,’ he said.
‘It defies belief that all these other sports are taking place and that the Ashes doesn’t take place. There is a way of making it happen and I think we are moving in the right direction. I think there will be accommodations made and that families will get out there.
‘Personally, I think if you are selected on an Ashes tour, you should go. An Ashes tour is not the one to pull out of, in my opinion. But I understand that everyone sees things slightly differently.
‘But I think that between Cricket Australia, the Australian government and the ECB, they will find a way that works for both the players and their families.’
Last week, England captain Joe Root said that he would wait for more information surrounding the tour before making a final decision.
But his Australian counterpart Tim Paine has since insisted that the tour will go ahead whether Root plays or not.
‘The Ashes are going ahead. The first Test is on 8 December – whether Joe [Root] is here or not,’ Paine said on SEN Hobart radio station.
‘It’ll be worked out above us and then they’ll have a choice whether to get on that plane or not.
‘No-one is forcing any England player to come. That’s the beauty of the world we live in – you have a choice. If you don’t want to come, don’t come.’
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