Ashes in chaos as England skipper refuses to commit

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Captain Joe Root says he's "desperate" to pb England successful the upcoming Ashes series, but has stopped abbreviated of confirming he'll marque the tour.

A fig of reports person suggested England's starring players volition boycott the series, if they're unhappy with restrictions connected their movements erstwhile they're successful Australia.

With interstate borders inactive closed, and Queensland and Western Australia successful peculiar adopting a hardline attitude, it's not yet wide precisely however the circuit volition play out.

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The players are reportedly acrophobic they'll look strict restrictions connected their movements, adjacent if they implicit 2 weeks' quarantine connected arrival.

"It is truthful hard to marque a determination until we cognize what it looks like," said Root.

"Once that accusation comes done and we person a spot much clarity, hopefully we are successful a presumption to spell and bash thing peculiar this winter."

The 5th Test successful Western Australia would look to beryllium the biggest stumbling block, with the lucifer scheduled to commencement little than a week aft the decision of the Sydney Test.

The brag of Optus Stadium, Mike McKenna, said past week that helium didn't spot however that would beryllium workable, portion Tim Paine urged England to nonstop a afloat spot squad, noting that immoderate restrictions applied to the tourists would besides interaction the Australian team.

"I americium hopeless to beryllium portion of an Ashes series, I ever am," Root said.

"It is the 1 bid arsenic an England subordinate that you privation to beryllium progressive in, and that volition ne'er change.

Joe Root is nether occurrence aft England's capitulation against India astatine Lord's. (Getty)

"For the radical we've got to find retired what the presumption is and marque a determination disconnected the backmost of that."

The difficulties facing Cricket Australia were made evident yesterday, erstwhile a Sheffield Shield lucifer betwixt Queensland and Tasmania was postponed an hr earlier it was scheduled to start.

As Queensland reported 4 caller COVID-19 cases successful the community, the Tasmanian squad flew home, seemingly acrophobic they would beryllium locked retired of their location authorities if they remained successful Brisbane. The lucifer volition present beryllium played aboriginal successful the season.

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