Australian cricket legend Shane Warne admits he would be “disappointed” should any English cricketers withdraw from the upcoming Ashes series, as the summer of cricket remains under a cloud of uncertainty.
A number of the England stars have been reluctant to commit themselves to flying over to Australian shores, as their partners and family members wouldn’t be allowed into the country due to strict border restrictions.
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However, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison claiming he wouldn’t commit to any “special deals” to allow the families entry into the country, it is looking increasingly likely they will be permitted entry.
There has been no official confirmation whether family members will be granted entry, but Warne believed they would eventually be given the green light to make the journey.
With their loved ones in tow as well as a mooted quarantine situation resembling a resort-style set-up, the 52-year-old felt there was little reason to turn down the chance to play in the Ashes.
“What I’ve heard is England are being given a resort for their 14-day quarantine — swimming pool, golf course and everything for their families,” Warne told UK radio station talkSPORT.
“Surely that’s a holiday for two weeks and not quarantine.
“If they can take their families there, have a resort, have a swim, play golf, have lots of fun with their families and kids in the pool … it’s actually summer there, so the sun will shine and will be warm.
“I’d be disappointed if any of the players pulled out, because they can have their families there, have a resort and be there for a holiday.”
It is worth noting the English side has played significantly more Test matches than their Australian counterparts since the Covid-19 outbreak gripped the world: England has played 18, while Australia has only played four.
Warne said Ashes Tests are unlike any other series in the cricketing world, and reiterated his desire for the best English players to make the flight to Australia.
“It’s an Ashes series, the biggest cricket series in the world,” Warne said.
“I’d be disappointed if any of the England players pulled out, because I don’t know why they’d be pulling out.
“A lot of people I’m sure would want to play in an Ashes series.
“You can define your career by what you do in an Ashes series.”
One England player who looks likely to miss the Ashes through injury is superstar Ben Stokes, as he underwent a second finger operation.
Stokes has been on indefinite leave from cricket since pulling out of England’s recent Test series against India.