The England all-rounder Chris Woakes has said that England players are relaxed and desperate to go to Australia for the five-test Ashes series later this year.
Woakes has been named in England’s 17-member squad for the Ashes series, which is set to begin from December 8 in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) has confirmed that the tour is all set to start, and it is “subject to critical conditions being met before they travel.”
Cricket Australia (CA) and England And Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were having negotiations for months over touring conditions in Australia, and after a lot of talks, they finally made an agreement, and the tour was given a green signal.
We Want To Be Under The Best Sort Of Conditions Possible – Chris Woakes
All-rounder Chris Woakes, speaking to BBC, stated every player is excited to be part of the marquee Ashes tour. He stated:
“There’s no player that does not want to be part of the Ashes,” Woakes told the BBC.
“Behind the scenes there are still things being ironed out between all sorts of levels. I think the players are relatively relaxed and guys are desperate to go.”
However, Woakes mentioned they want to be under the best conditions so that they can live their lives outside cricket. He said:
“But we want to be under the best sort of conditions possible so we can still live our lives outside of cricket.“
Previously, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler raised his concerns over the strict quarantine protocols which will be in place during the tour and said he would skip the tour if he had to stay away from his family for a longer period of time.
Talking about being in quarantine ahead of every white-ball or red-ball series. Chris Woakes said:
“Until you have been in that situation and done it over and over again, the novelty wears off. Some people get it, some people don’t, and that is fine — everyone is entitled to their view.
“But until you have been in it and experienced it over again, it is hard to have a say on it.”