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‘I would want to make sure the players’ families can get to Australia’ – Strauss


Andrew Strauss believes that a compromise can still be reached whereby England’s cricketers will be allowed to bring their families with them on this winter’s Ashes tour of Australia, but says it would be “unrealistic” to expect the players to embark on such an arduous campaign without being able to see their loved ones for months on end.

Strauss, who captained England’s last victorious tour of Australia in 2010-11, stopped short of echoing the sentiments of his fellow Ashes-winning captains, Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook, both of whom have questioned whether the tour can take place in the current circumstances, and instead insisted the onus was on the English and Australian boards to work out a solution with the Australian government.

“No, I wouldn’t want a postponement, I would want to make sure that the players’ families can get there,” Strauss said during an event to promote the forthcoming #RedForRuth day at Lord’s. “The last thing anyone wants is players having to make that choice between ‘my family can’t come and therefore I’m not going to go’ or ‘I’m going to go’.

“The solution to this is to find some sort of middle ground between the Australian Government, Cricket Australia, and the ECB, to make it as easy as possible for families to get out there and to have as few restrictions as possible when they are over there.”

The ECB last week issued a joint statement with the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), saying it is committed to “putting player and staff welfare as the main priority”, amid concerns about the burden on multi-format players such as Ben Stokes, Mark Wood and Jos Buttler – all of whom are likely to have to travel directly to Australia from the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

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