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England have named an almost full-strength Ashes squad after successful talks with Cricket Australia over family and quarantine arrangements; “Now that the tour is confirmed, we are doubling down on the finer details with each of the venues and each of the host cities,” said Nick Hockley.

Last update: 10/14/21 7:26 am

The Gabba will host the Ashes opening test this winter

The Cricket Australia (CA) boss said preparations for Ashes are continuing “full steam ahead” after the tour received the green light from the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB).

Concerns about Covid’s travel restrictions in Australia and the prospect of multiple withdrawals among visitors were real enough last week for the ECB to suggest they might not be in the marquee series if a group worthy of the rivalry history could not be formed.

But fruitful discussions with CA over family and quarantine arrangements meant there was no withdrawal, with England nominating an almost full team for the tour on Sunday.

After the ECB’s approval, which was given “subject to several critical conditions being met”, CA Managing Director Nick Hockley said preparations were now “full steam ahead”.

“We are working with all parties concerned to play the schedule as planned,” he said.

“Now that the tour is confirmed, we are doubling down on the finer details with each of the sites and each of the host cities.”

The Ashes: Cricket Australia chief says preparations for this winter’s tour are “full steam ahead” |  Cricket News

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England head coach Chris Silverwood said his side’s Ashes squad were “well balanced” and that he strongly believed they could “do something very special” at the Australian tour this winter.

England head coach Chris Silverwood said his side’s Ashes squad were “well balanced” and that he strongly believed they could “do something very special” at the Australian tour this winter.

Mr Hockley also gave an overview of the ECB’s conditions for approval of the tour, which include the development of visa exemptions and biosecurity protocols.

He said: “We are working to deal with the various visa and travel exemptions for the entire tour… this is the first set of conditions.

“The second set is the finer detail of our biosafety protocols. It is a work in progress, as between our respective medical teams.

“What I can say is that we have a range of medical protocols which will vary depending on the nature of the situation in any of the cities as we move to Australia for the tour.

“Planning an Ashes series is a big and complex undertaking in normal times. But obviously, with the biosecurity requirements layered together, the level of detail in the planning by many people is absolutely superb.

“I think we are all now looking forward to that first ball on December 8th at the Gabba.”

After the first test in Brisbane, the teams will meet for a day / night test in Adelaide, the Boxing Day test in Melbourne, then matches in Sydney and Perth.

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