Former England skipper Andrew Strauss said that the Ashes against Australia is not a type of competition where a player should pull himself out of the series.
England cricket team’s decision to play the historic Test series later this year in December remains ambiguous as players remain uncertain over the quarantine rules in Australia.
The Ashes need to go ahead: Andrew Strauss
Cricket Australia is coordinating with its government and its counterpart England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to ease the relaxations for England players.
England’s vice-captain and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has shown his reluctance to tour Australia due to a hectic schedule as many players will be participating in both the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.
Strauss said that players who get selected for the Ashes should try to make themselves available for the historic Test series.
“To me, the Ashes need to go ahead. We are learning to live with Covid 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.
“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,” Strauss told Daily Mail.
“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,” he added.
There will be a lot of responsibility on our bowling attack: Andrew Strauss
Although Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison clearly mentioned that there won’t be any special kind of treatment for England cricketers participating in the Ashes.
Strauss feels England will play a lot better in the Ashes and reckoned that England’s senior bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad will have a big role to play with the new ball.
“I think we are going to have to play a lot better than we did this summer, put it that way. Our top-order needs to function better than it has done for a long time. Playing against the new ball in Australia is a very tough thing to do. There will be a lot of responsibility on our bowling attack. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad will have a role to play but we can’t just rely on them to win us the Ashes,” Strauss said.
The Ashes will commence on December 8 with the first Test between Australia and England will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane.