England touch down in Australia ahead of Ashes

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Brisbane, Australia

Joe Root and Ben Stokes led the first wave of England’s cricketing superstars to land in Brisbane Saturday ahead of the five-Test Ashes series against Australia.

The squad, still to be joined by members of England’s Twenty20 World Cup side, walked through the terminal and into a waiting bus bound for 14 days’ quarantine on the Gold Coast.

The early arrival gives the team a month to acclimatise to the Australian summer before the first Test starts on December 8.

Also among the arrivals was opening batsman Rory Burns, fast-bowler Jimmy Anderson and England stalwart Stuart Broad.

Although the team will be under strict quarantine, Cricket Australia confirmed players would be allowed.—APP

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