Former England captain Michael Vaughan opined that most of the players will tour Australia to play the historic Ashes Test series in December this year.
There were a lot of concerns regarding the England team’s travel to Australia amid the strict restrictions in compliance with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Cricket Australia has been coordinating with its government and its counterpart England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to ease the relaxations for England players.
We remain in regular and positive dialogue with Cricket Australia: ECB
Earlier ECB had shown its reluctance to postpone the tour on the players’ request and gave them the choice of pulling out of the tour without any subject to consequences.
Just before some players were leaving for Oman to participate in the T20 World Cup, the board said that it remained focused on taking the tour ahead but the safety of their players will be the top priority and in case they were unable to find a balanced squad they might postpone the tour.
According to a report by The Telegraph, if there are mass withdrawals from the England camp it would dent the credibility of the Ashes but postponement is a last resort.
“Over the weekend we have been talking to England men’s players and management to provide them with the latest information about the proposed arrangements for this winter’s scheduled Ashes tour,” an ECB statement read.
“We remain in regular and positive dialogue with Cricket Australia over these arrangements as the picture is constantly evolving. With health and wellbeing at the forefront, our focus is to ensure the tour can go ahead with conditions for players and management to perform at their best. We will continue talking to our players this week to share the latest information and seek feedback.
The Ashes will happen: Michael Vaughan
Vaughan, who was England’s winning captain in the 2005 Ashes at home, is confident of the series going ahead as planned before and believes most of the team players will tour Australia.
“The Ashes will happen… I also think most if not all players will travel,” Vaughan tweeted.
The Ashes will happen .. I also think most if not all players will travel .. 👍👍 #Ashes
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 5, 2021
The Ashes is scheduled to start on December 8 with the first Test to be played at the Gabba in Brisbane.