England’s traveling fans are facing the BAN for Ashes series due to travel restrictions from Covid in Australia
England’s traveling fans face a BAN for this winter’s Ashes series due to strict Covid travel and border restrictions in Australia … which will remain in effect for the rest of the year
- Joe Root’s England travels to Australia for the Ashes from December
- But England may not have traveling fans to spur them on against Australia
- Fans of England may be left out due to Covid travel and border restrictions
Joe Root and his England side could take the massive blow of taking on Australia in the Ashes without one of their traveling fans, according to reports.
England will travel to Australia later this year for the highly anticipated Ashes tour, which is not expected to start until the second week of December.
But according to the Times, English supporters could be banned from entering Australia due to the country’s strict Covid travel and border restrictions.
Joe Root and his English side could lack their fans’ support for The Ashes
It has been reported that Cricket Australia has warned tour organizers that the Ashes will take place without fans hoping to come over from England.
Strict quarantine regulations and border controls have resulted in Australia suffering fewer than 1,000 Covid-related deaths.
Fans of England could potentially head to Australia if the country’s vaccination program, which started last month, is rolled out more quickly.
But Australia will stick to their strict measures, and opening their borders seems likely to be one of the last Covid restrictions to be relaxed.
England’s traveling fans will be denied entry to Australia due to Covid’s restrictions
The Australian government has been quick to let Cricket Australia know their strict measures will remain in effect, warning the governing body that international travel is unlikely to be a thing again until 2022.
It is still expected that there will be an almost full audience for the five-game run, but this will be made up of Australian fans.
The news will come as a massive blow to England, which have always been brilliantly supported by their traveling fans ahead of the Covid pandemic and kept them away.
Root’s men are looking to reclaim the Ashes after Australia took the urn home to sign the 2019 series in England, having won home soil two years earlier.
Australia wants to keep the Ashes after taking the urn home after drawing the 2019 series
With the T20 World Cup in India taking place in October and November, the Ashes will start later than usual.
With England being quarantined upon arrival in Australia, the series won’t start until the second week of December – with the tourists needing two warm-up matches to keep an eye on.
And due to the late start in this winter’s Ashes, there could be a change in the order of the locations.
To ensure that the traditional Boxing Day test in the MCG and the New Year test in Sydney continue, the matches in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth can be postponed until January.