Ian Botham questioned the current crop mentality of cricketers.© AFP
Ashes hero Ian Botham has questioned the England players’ desire to face the final selection of the “Australian tour”. England are set to play in a five-Test series starting in Brisbane on December 8, but concerns over players’ well-being and Australia’s strict corona virus restrictions have cast doubt on the tour. Soldiers retain fears of isolation, bubble environments and access to families that even Captain Joe Root has so far refused to do.
The England and Wales Cricket Board will meet this week to decide whether the Ashes can continue, with reports that positive talks have taken place with Cricket Australia.
Botham, who has won several Ashes campaigns and is recognized as one of England’s best players, has questioned the mentality of current cricketers.
“I’m starting to wonder if some of these people don’t want the finals,” the 65-year-old former all-rounder wrote in The Daily Telegraph.
“You have to worry about that. Playing Test cricket for England is the pinnacle and playing against Australia in Australia and winning is fantastic.
“Australia don’t often lose in their own backyard. It’s a challenge. If I were in their boots, I would have already packed my bags.”
Australia has largely closed its borders to international travelers during the Govt-19 epidemic, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the tour was “flexible and practical”.
England players of many shapes will have to travel in biosquare bubbles for months. The T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman kicks off on October 17 before the Ashes series in December and January.
Australia are the current holders of the Ashes following a 2-2 draw in England in 2019. They won the last series of “Down Under” in 2017/18 4-0.
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