England are concerned about Australia’s strict coronavirus protocols ahead of the Ashes and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said they will get “no special deals”
Boris Johnson spoke about the issue with Morrison over dinner in Washington DC on Tuesday night and later told reporters: “I raised it and he said he was going to do his best for the families.
“He totally got the point that the cricketers, it’s very tough to ask people be away from their families for so long over Christmas.
“He merely undertook to go away and come back with a solution if he could find one”.
However, Morrison has since stated that England’s cricketers and their families will not get any “special deals” in order to ensure that the tour goes ahead.
Morrison said: “I would love to see the Ashes go ahead, as I shared with Boris last night.
“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.”
Gareth Copley – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)
Jos Buttler has admitted that he is “open” to missing the series in order to spend time with his family, after his wife recently gave birth to their second child, while James Anderson has revealed that the quarantine rules mean his family “have already said they are not going to Australia”.
Stuart Broad, meanwhile has said he is “happy to get on a plane to Australia” and Dan Lawrence has said he “would go in a heartbeat” if selected.