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With fears over the severity of the corona virus protocol in Australia, England cricket leaders will meet this week to decide whether the Ashes will continue later this year. Joe Root’s team is set to play a five – Test series starting in Brisbane on December 8, with more matches in Ft. Root, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. But players have concerns about isolation, bubble environments and access to families and Root refused to tour last week.
The Cricket Board of England and Wales on Monday said it was in “regular and positive dialogue” with Cricket Australia.
“As health and wellness are at the forefront, our focus is to ensure that the tour continues with the conditions for the best performance of the players and management,” says an ECB report.
“The ECB board will meet later this week to decide if there are enough conditions to move the tour forward and help select a team that will continue to be of this importance,” it added.
Many forms of UK players will live in bio- and bio-safe 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.
In July, when star England all-rounder Ben Stokes announced his retirement from cricket indefinitely to make his mental health a “priority”, the issue of players’ well-being was taken seriously.
Australia retained the Ashes following a 2-2 draw in England in 2019. “Down Under” won the last series of 2017/18 4-0.
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