Shane Warne says England Ashes stars are going on "pool holiday, not quarantine"

Australia legend Shane Warne has urged England 's cricketers not to pull out of this winter's Ashes series over Covid travel rules, likening their mandatory quarantine period to a "holiday" rather than a chore.

Despite some players publicly voicing their concerns about heading Down Under and spending so long away from family – quarantine measures will add even more time to the round trip – the tour is expected to be approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The England party is set to spend the first 14 days in Australia at a Gold Coast resort, with families quarantining at a country club in Melbourne before they all link up again.

Those plans have left Warne, a veteran of 145 career Tests, wondering why any of England's stars are hesitant to take part in the series.

"What I’ve heard is that England are being given a resort for their 14-day quarantine – swimming pool, golf course and everything for their families," he told talkSPORT.

"Surely, that’s a holiday for two weeks and not quarantine. If they have a resort, have a swim, play golf, have lots of fun with their families and kids in the pool – it’s actually summer so the sun will shine and will be warm.

"If they can do all that then hopefully we will have a full strength England team out there for the Ashes."

Warne, who boasts the highest number of Ashes wickets taken in the series' history, went on to talk up the magnitude of the competition and the impact it can have on anyone's career.

"I’d be disappointed if any of the England players pulled out because I don’t know why they’d be pulling out. It’s an Ashes series, the biggest in the world," the 52-year-old added.

"You can define your career by what you do in an Ashes series. But, in this day and time, if someone feels it’s going to be too hard on them, you have to accept that."

It comes after another Ashes legend, Sir Ian Botham, questioned the desire of some of Joe Root 's players to take on the challenge of facing Australian in an away series.

"It’s the ultimate test and – I don’t know – I start to wonder maybe if some of these guys don’t fancy the ultimate test," he told The Telegraph. "You have to start to worry about it.

"Playing for England is the ultimate. To play Test cricket for England is the ultimate and to play against Australia in Australia – and win – is magnificent."

He added: "If I was in their boots, I'd already have my bags packed."

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