England’s travelling party for the Ashes will not benefit from any “special deals” regarding quarantine rules when they arrive in Australia, according to the country’s prime minister Scott Morrison.
The first Test of England’s tour of Australia begins on December 8, though it has been reported that a host of players are considering withdrawing from travelling.
This would be due to the strict COVID-19 protocols in place for travellers arriving in Australia, with new arrivals having to undergo a mandatory isolation period in a hotel.
Earlier this year, tennis stars such as Novak Djokovic had to spend up to two weeks in their hotel rooms prior to taking part in the Australian Open.
Australia do plan to ease those restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, but only once 80 per cent of the nation’s adult population have received both doses.
Prime minister Morrison says that figure will hit 50 per cent this week, while he discussed the matter with United Kingdom counterpart Boris Johnson in Washington D.C.
However, he insisted England’s squad would have no special arrangements made for them.
“I would love to see the Ashes go ahead, as I shared with Boris last night,” Morrison said, as reported by BBC Sport.
“But there’s no special deals there, because what we’re looking to have is vaccinated people being able to travel.
“I don’t see a great deal of difference in skilled workers or students who will be able to come to Australia when you reach those vaccination rates.
“Those who are coming for that purpose when it comes to their profession, which is playing cricket, I don’t see the difference between that and someone who’s coming as a skilled, qualified engineer or someone who’s coming to be ready for study.”
Cricket Australia is set to provide details around the travel and quarantine arrangements for the tour to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) this week.
England players will then be able to make decisions on whether they wish to be included in. the squad, which will be announced in early October.
Prime minister Johnson said: “I raised it and he said he was going to do his best for the families. He merely undertook to come back and see if he could find a solution.”Internet Explorer Channel Network