“I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that”: Englishman Jos Buttler says no family, no tour Ashes, Sports News
England vice-captain Jos Buttler, who recently became a father for the second time, said he “wouldn’t be comfortable” for the next Ashes tour if his family couldn’t join him in Australia.
Given COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine rules in Australia, England players are seeking assurances that their family members will be allowed to join them for the series, starting in Brisbane on December 8.
Australia has closed its borders in a bid to control COVID-19, with limited flights and mandatory 14-day managed isolation for returning citizens.
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Asked about the same, Buttler, who has yet to play in an overseas Ashes, said: “Yes, definitely for myself. If I had to do a World Cup and an Ashes – four, five months without seeing my family – I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that. ”
“We are still waiting for more information, as soon as possible,” he said during a speech at Sixes Cricket Club, where he was unveiled as official Booking.com sponsorship ambassador for the Cup. of the world T20.
“I hope in the next few days there will be more information. As soon as you have it it will be easier to know what decision you are making. The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and Cricket Australia will be working very hard together to make it as good as possible, ”the 31-year-old said.
“It’s hard to make a decision when you don’t have all the answers. In the days of Covid, there will always be some kind of question that’s hard to answer.
“It could be changeable, it would be naive not to say it in the times we live in, but you want to go there with as much confidence as possible.”
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Buttler will fly to the United Arab Emirates next week as part of the England squad for the T20 World Cup.
Recently Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned that English cricketers and their families would get “no special offers” on the quarantine.
His remarks came after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Washington DC, following their trips to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Although England and Wales Cricket Board are “very confident”, the Ashes series will go ahead as planned amid Australia’s strict border controls.
(With contributions from agencies)