After England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) gave the green signal to the national team to tour Australia for the Ashes, the touring side’s fans are expected to show up in huge numbers.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Australia, the government has posted stringent measures to combat the dreadful virus in the country. The Australian government is likely to open its borders for international travel from next month depending on the vaccination programme in different states.
Over 15,000 England supporters on the waiting list for travel packages
According to a report by Daily Mail, England’s overseas touring group- The Barmy Army- have over 15,000 England supporters on the waiting list for travel packages this winter, although far fewer are expected to head Down Under due to the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions.
The report also mentioned that the fourth and fifth Tests will see the presence of a huge number of England supporters. The fourth Test, which is scheduled to start on January 5, will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and England fans are hopeful to attend the game from the stands as the vaccination rate in New South Wales is high.
Venue for fifth Ashes Test likely to be changed
The fifth Ashes Test, which is scheduled to play in Perth, could be moved to Sydney because of the low vaccination rate in the state of Western Australia.
Earlier there was a lot of tension in the England camp to tour Down Under as the visiting players wanted clarity on COVID-19 protocols and quarantine measures which would also allow their families to stay mentally fit along with them in Australia.
An ECB board meeting on Friday (October 8) approved the tour “subject to several critical conditions being met”, while it is understood there will be some leeway for players to train outdoors during their mandatory 14-day quarantine period when entering the country.
The Ashes will commence on December 8 with the first Test between Australia and England will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane.