Former England captain Michael Vaughan called on Australian authorities to relax strict epidemic entry regulations and allow players’ families to travel to the country, otherwise the upcoming Ashes series will be postponed for one year.
Write Daily TelegraphVaughan said Australia’s prospects for an under-strength England team “will be ridiculous” and senior players consider not traveling unless their families can visit during Christmas.
Vaughan wrote: “If this situation cannot be resolved quickly and the English players’ families allow them to join in Australia, then Ashes must be postponed for a year.”
“If not, it will be a farce against the under-strength England team. The Ashes must be the best team.”
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Australia has implemented some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus and severely limit the number of people allowed to enter the country.
England will start the first match of the Pentathlon Test series against Australia on December 8th, and the last match will be held from January 14th to 18th.
In the previous trip to the Ashes, the players’ family members joined them during Christmas, but Australia’s quarantine regulations would complicate similar arrangements.
Key players such as Ben Stokes and Jos Butler are facing the prospect of being away from home for four months due to their participation in the 2020 World Cup in October, exacerbating the difficulties.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Australia recently withdrew from the Rugby League World Cup held in England in October, and the country’s seven cricketers refused to participate in the just-concluded West Indies Tour.
“I express my absolute sympathy to any players who don’t want to go. If they quit, I will always support them because they can’t be with their families at Christmas and New Year,” Vaughan wrote.
“We need Ashes. But we need this series to be fair and competitive.”