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The Ashes: Australian Prime Minister says there will be no “specials” for families of England players to travel with the squad |  Cricket News

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The Ashes 2021 series is set to take place in December and January; Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he will not be entering into special offers to allow families of England players to travel; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had asked Morrison to allow families by relaxing strict quarantine rules

Last update: 23/09/21 9:19 am

England captain Joe Root and Australian captain Tim Paine hold the trophy after a 2-2 draw meant Australia retained the Ashes in 2019

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said there will be no “specials” for families of England cricketers to tour with the players in the upcoming Ashes round.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had asked Morrison to help ease strict quarantine rules as England players seek assurances that their family members will be allowed to join them in Australia during the five-test round in December and January.

However, Morrison said: “I would love to see the Ashes move forward, as I shared with Boris last night.

“But there are no special offers there, because what we are looking for are vaccinated people who can travel.

“I don’t see much of a difference between the skilled workers or the students who will be able to come to Australia when you reach these vaccination rates.

“Those who come for this purpose in terms of their profession, which is to play cricket, I don’t see the difference between that and someone who comes as a qualified and qualified engineer or someone who comes for be ready to study. “

The Ashes: Australian Prime Minister says there will be no “specials” for families of England players to travel with the squad |  Cricket News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Washington DC

Australia’s borders are effectively closed in an effort to control COVID-19, with caps on international arrivals and limited places available in the country’s mandatory hotel quarantine regime.

Johnson said he discussed the Ashes with Morrison in Washington this week when the couple met for dinner.

“I lifted him up and he said he would do his best for the families,” Johnson told reporters in Washington.

“He totally understood that for cricketers it is very difficult to ask people to be away from their families at Christmas.

“He just vowed to come back and see if he could find a solution.”

The England and Wales Cricket Council said last month it was “very confident” that the Ashes, starting in Brisbane on December 8, would go on as planned despite England players claiming they could skip the tour if families cannot make it to Australia.

Australia plans to ease border and quarantine restrictions by the end of 2021, when at least 80% of adults are expected to have received two COVID-19 vaccines.

However, officials in the COVID-free states of Western Australia and Queensland have said they will set their own opening schedules and may keep their borders closed longer.

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