Stuart Broad backs England’s Ashes trip as concerns mount

"In my mind, it is 100 per cent clear that an England team of some description will embark on the tour. But if another player called me and told me th

AFP
September 19, 2021
Stuart Broad backs England’s Ashes trip as concerns mount

London: England pace bowler Stuart Broad insists he will go on the Ashes tour of Australia this winter despite concerns over coronavirus restrictions.

The England and Wales Cricket Board are "very confident" the Ashes series will go ahead as planned amid Australia´s tight border controls.

The prospect of lengthy Covid-related quarantines and restrictive bubble environments makes the tour less appealing than in the pre-pandemic era.

But Broad, 35, is "working tirelessly" to be included in the travelling party for the Australia series, which starts in December.

"It is now just a couple of weeks away from a squad being selected but players can´t sign up to something unless they know what they are signing up for," Broad wrote in the Mail on Sunday.

"If you ask me if I would be happy to get on a plane to Australia in November, I would say yes. I am working tirelessly to get there. I don´t feel there will be a postponement.

"In my mind, it is 100 per cent clear that an England team of some description will embark on the tour. But if another player called me and told me they couldn´t commit, I would totally accept it.

"Everyone has to make their own decision and Ashley Giles, England´s director of cricket, has made it clear a player´s chances of selection in the future will not be harmed."