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Tom Harrison says ECB ‘working closely with Cricket Australia’ to ensure Ashes goes ahead


ECB chief reiterates importance of player welfare with Australia’s Covid rules possibly preventing families on tour

Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, says that England and Australia will use every diplomatic channel available to ensure that this winter’s Ashes can go ahead as planned, in spite of the players’ fears that their families may not be permitted to travel due to Australia’s stringent Covid-19 restrictions.

The prospect of a postponed Ashes tour has become increasingly realistic in recent weeks, amid concerns that a number of England’s senior players – in particular multi-format players such as Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood – would be reluctant to head straight from the T20 World Cup in the UAE to Australia, and spend up to four months away from their young families.


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