British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has questioned his Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison about a travel ban on the families of England cricketers for the upcoming Ashes.
The two prime ministers met for dinner in Washington DC during Johnson’s diplomatic visit to the United States to seek reassurance about the winter series.
“I raised it (with Mr Morrison) and he told families he was going to do what he could,” Johnson told reporters in the US capital.
“As for the cricketers ahead of Christmas, he fully understands that it is very difficult to ask people to stay away from their families. He started to come back and see if he could find a solution.
The first Test is set to begin in Brisbane on December 8, but the trip has been pushed into uncertainty as many England players have made reservations about the strict isolation measures that could be in place during the tour.
Morrison, who does not require “special contracts”, will allow the families of the players to go with them.
“Since I shared it with Boris, I would love to see the Ashes move forward,” Morrison said.
“But there are no special deals because we have to be vaccinated to travel.
“I don’t see a big difference between the talented workers or students who can come to Australia once you reach vaccination rates,” Morrison added.
Australia plans to reduce border and isolation restrictions by the end of this year, with at least 80 percent of its adult population receiving the two Govt-19 vaccines.
Authorities in the non-Govt. States of Western Australia and Queensland have said they may close their borders for a longer period depending on the situation.