England all-rounder Chris Woakes who recently pulled out of the IPL 2021 to concentrate on the T20 World Cup for his country has expressed that England players are desperate to be a part of the Ashes despite some players having expressed their concerns for COVID-19.
England all-rounder Chris Woakes. (Photo: Reuters)
Cricket Australia, the ECB and Australian authorities have been negotiating for months over touring conditions in a country where international arrivals must isolate in quarantine hotels for 14 days, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
“There`s no player that does not want to be part of the Ashes,” Woakes told the BBC. “Behind the scenes, there are still things being ironed out between all sorts of levels. I think the players are relatively relaxed and guys are desperate to go. But we want to be under the best sort of conditions possible so we can still live our lives outside of cricket.”
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England captain Joe Root previously expressed doubts about the tour due to “bubble fatigue” while Jos Buttler had said he might skip the series. “Until you have been in that situation and done it over and over again, the novelty wears off, Some people get it, some people don`t, and that is fine. Everyone is entitled to their view. But until you have been in it and experienced it over again, it is hard to have a say on it.”