Ashes will go ahead with or without Joe Root – Tim Paine
Australian Captain Tim Paine said that the Ashes will proceed as per schedule with or without any England player and English players are yet to confirm their availability for the Ashes.
Many England players are still in doubt that they should go to Australia for Ashes or not.
England captain Joe Root has shown some concerns about the tour due to ‘bubble fatigue’ and also worried about their families that they wouldn’t travel with them due to strict protocols.
Due to Covid-19 issues, Australia has been unwilling to allow the England players with their families.
Many English big names can miss the Ashes due to Australia’s travel issue.
“The Ashes are going ahead. The first Test is on December 8 whether Joe is here or not,”Paine revealed.
“It’ll be worked out above us and then they’ll have a choice whether to get on that plane or not.
“No one is forcing any England player to come. That’s the beauty of the world we live in — you have a choice. If you don’t want to come, don’t come.”
Ashes have been one of the most highlighted series between England and Australia as they have shared great memories from it.
Many of the England former play have suggested that Ashes should delay or it should be at its best.
They further added that those players who will not travel to Australia due to their families then they would have sympathy for them.
Cricket Australia is discussing with the authorities the issue related to England player’s families.
There is a mandatory 14 days hotel Quarantine for arrival in Australia even for fully vaccinated people. Kevin Pieterson said that England players should not travel if placed under restrictions.
“There is NO WAY I would go to The Ashes this winter. ZERO chance!”he tweeted.
“Unless the ridiculous quarantine rules were squashed and my family could travel with zero restrictions.”
Paine said Pietersen did not speak for the players and said he should leave the discussion-making up to them.
“If you want to know anything on any topic in the world, you just ask Kevin Pietersen. He is an expert on everything,”added the captain dryly.
“We have not heard one England player come out and say they will not come. I think it‘s been beaten up and people like Kevin like to get themselves a little bit of exposure in the media.”
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