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Australia ‘reject England’s bid to move first Ashes Test’ to avoid quarantine

The first four Ashes Tests are set to take place as scheduled in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, but concerns remain over the fifth Test in Perth.

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Cricket Australia reportedly shut down a request from the ECB to move the first Ashes Test from Brisbane to Sydney.

England are set to fly out to Brisbane in November to begin their preparation for the series, which is due to get underway at the Gabba on December 8.

However, Queensland still has a mandatory 14-day quarantine rule in place, meaning the players will need to go into isolation for two weeks.

New South Wales, meanwhile, have announced that they will be scrapping all forms of quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors from November 1.

As a result, the ECB are said to have broached the idea of starting the series in Sydney, which would allow the squad to avoid quarantine altogether.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, the idea received ‘enthusiastic backing’ from the players.



The first four Ashes Tests are set to take place as scheduled in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, but concerns remain over the fifth Test in Perth
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However, the idea received short shrift from Cricket Australia, with concerns raised that England’s lack of quarantine could pose a problem when moving to other states with tighter restrictions.

As a result, the first four Tests are set to take place as scheduled in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

The final Test in Perth does remain in doubt, though, with Western Australia currently requiring visitors from other states to complete 14 days of quarantine.

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Given the schedule, that would simply not be possible for England and Australia’s cricketers and WA Premier Mark McGowan is unwilling to give them an exemption.

“They’ll have to comply with the rules that are put in place,” McGowan said. “I’ll continue to talk to the chief health officer about that but the rules are there for a reason, they keep us safe.

“NSW is riddled with COVID… we have to have pretty strong rules in place to protect our state and that will continue.”


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