England cricket chiefs to rule on Ashes tour

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England cricket chiefs will meet this week to decide whether the Ashes will go ahead later this year, with fears expressed about the strictness of coronavirus protocols in Australia.

Joe Root’s team are due to play a five-Test series starting in Brisbane on December 8, with further matches in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

But the players are understood to harbour concerns over quarantine, bubble environments and access for families and Root last week refused to commit to the tour.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said on Monday it was in “regular and positive dialogue” with Cricket Australia. —AFP

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