Ashes 2021/22: Wouldn't Surprise Me At All If England Players Pull Out When We Are In Australia, Says Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad. (Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: October 17th, 2021 at 02:43 pm

Senior England pace bowler Stuart Broad feels that there might be a possibility of players pulling out in the middle of the Ashes tour.

After plenty of discussions with national players and Cricket Australia, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named a 17-member squad to tour Australia for the Ashes.

ECB gave its nod for England players to tour Australia for Ashes

ECB gave its conditional approval to its counterpart CA regarding the two-months long Ashes tour with the quarantine conditions for players, and their family members should be met.

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Earlier, the England players were reluctant to tour Australia because of the stringent quarantine rules Down Under.

Players had proposed that the national board split the tour into two different parts or move it to next year.

But ECB rejected their proposals and said that players would be free to pull themselves out without any subject to discrimination.

England players will pull out if things change in Australia: Stuart Broad

Broad, who was ruled out from the India Test series at home after sustaining a calf tear, was also named in the 17-member squad led by Joe Root.

The 35-year-old Nottingham pacer said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see his teammates pulling out after reaching Australia.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if players pull out while we are there,” Broad was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

KL Rahul, Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad claimed the crucial wicket of KL Rahul [Image-Twitter]
“We have seen that on Ashes tours before, and for me, it has always been more likely that players will pull out if things change in Australia while we are there rather than before we go,” he added.

England’s vice-captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was one of the players to openly express his hesitancy in going to Australia as he will be staying away from his family for four months.

Some England players like Buttler are part of both the T20 World Cup and Ashes, which could be hectic for them considering playing in different COVID-19 bubbles.

Ashes will commence on December 8, with the first Test will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane.

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