The Ashes 2021, Australia vs England, dates, updates, confirmed, going ahead, latest, Joe Root

Joe Root has reportedly committed to leading England for the Ashes tour of Australia this summer, with a formal confirmation of the go-ahead set to be given by the end of the week.

England and Australia have been locked in negotiations for weeks over the strict COVID-19 quarantine rules for those arriving into the country.

A number of England players raised their concerns about conditions for themselves and their families arriving in Australia, but a deal has now been struck according to the Daily Telegraph UK.

That means England will likely be sending a full-strength squad to Australia, with Root’s decision to tour being the decisive factor after more talks.

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With the England captain committing to coming to Australia, several fringe players and those uncertain on touring are now also expected to follow suit through fear of their long-term international futures being damaged if they continued to resist.

The only exception is wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who has publicly expressed his concerns about touring away from his young family for so long.

However, the Telegraph adds that he will likely join the rest of his teammates in boarding the flight to Australia if arrangements can be made for his wife and children to join him in the UAE later this month, where he will be playing for England in the T20 World Cup.

Root’s decision reportedly came after a meeting between the England and Wales Cricket Board, Cricket Australia and the players settled on the conditions of quarantine for the players and their families.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the players’ families flying out to spend Christmas with their partners would be offered the use of a resort in Victoria’s Yarra Valley to complete their quarantine and avoid the two-week ‘hard’ quarantine in a hotel.

That compromise was enough to get Root over the line and that was the key development which ensure that the tour would indeed go ahead.

The first Ashes Test is set to start in Brisbane on December 8th, before the day/night Test in Adelaide beginning on the 16th.

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