Australia tour need more clarity: Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad, an England fast bowler, has stated that he would be willing to travel to Australia for the Ashes series later this year and has urged the England & Wales Cricket Board to work out acceptable arrangements for the team that will allow them to be mentally strong and comfortable enough to compete in the series.
Even if high-profile players withdraw from the tour, the 35-year-old fast bowler, who is recovering from a calf injury, ruled out the likelihood of the tour being scrapped entirely.
“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,” Broad wrote in his column in the Daily Mail. “I don’t feel there will be a postponement. In my mind, it is 100 percent 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 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 if they opt-out in these circumstances.”
Details of Quarantine
Even as the ECB and Cricket Australia negotiate the specifics of quarantine, access, and living arrangements for the players throughout the tour, Broad claims the players are unaware of the current situation.
“The ECB has tried to keep us as informed as possible with the information that they are getting from Cricket Australia,” Broad said. “It’s just that minimal detail has been available. I don’t think anyone can say hand on heart that we won’t be living in a bubble out there and that will be extremely challenging.
” Cricket Following a new round of cases in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia will have the last say on the terms of the tour, dependent on how much they can negotiate from state governments.
Even these restrictions are likely to lessen by November when England is expected to arrive, Broad is not optimistic that they can be lifted without a quarantine period.
“With the situation, Australia is in — with their citizens struggling to get into the country — I am not thinking we will just be able to fly in with no quarantining, as if we are living a normal life, because the world is not a normal place at the moment,” Broad wrote.
“We need to be in a situation where we are allowed to train for between two and three hours a day. An international bowler rarely goes two weeks in a year without bowling.
“My message to our bosses at the ECB is simple: Give us the best possible chance to be mentally strong come January with the environment that is created. Let’s try to make it as comfortable as possible for us because if you go somewhere like Australia and have to bunker down, you won’t enjoy being in one of the greatest places on earth – and aren’t going to win at cricket either.”