Sumary of Former England captain sounds off on Australia's border restrictions ahead of the Ashes:
- Former England Test cricket captain Michael Vaughan has doubled down on his stark warnings about this summer’s Ashes series, claiming multiple visiting stars could decide to skip parts or even all of the tour Down Under unless the state and federal governments act soon.
- He said the packed cricket schedule meant multiple English players are facing the prospect of being away from their families for several months, unless exemptions are granted.
- “If Australia continue to lock the borders and make it very, very difficult there will come a stage where a sports team decides not to come,” Vaughan, who is now a high-profile commentator, said during an interview with the ABC.
- “I’m not saying that will be the England cricket team but … as we speak, I would be amazed if England have a full-strength team for the Ashes.
- “The English team is due to arrive in Australia in November, ahead of the first Test in Brisbane, in December.
- But some multi-format cricketers with young children, like Ben Stokes or Jos Buttler, are likely to first play in the T20 World Cup in the UAE before flying directly to Australia.
- England’s Ben Stokes is a player who Vaughan believes could withdraw from part of the Australian tour.
- (Reuters: Lee Smith)Before that, the side also has brief warm-up tours of Pakistan and Bangladesh, which come off the back of a busy northern summer, where players have been in secure bubbles.