The upcoming Ashes tour of England will now end in Perth in January as Cricket Australia plans a re-jig around tourists’ hectic 2022 schedule – with Joe Root’s side also traveling to the West Indies later that month
- The Ashes will end in Perth in January under Cricket Australia’s plans
- England’s tour of the Caribbean has deprived it of the opportunity to move it to February
- The government maintains a closed boundary of doubt for traveling fans
The Ashes will end in Perth in January as part of a plan Cricket Australia is working on.
The positioning of the English tour of the Caribbean later that month has denied the Australians the opportunity to push Test cricket’s crown jewels to February.
So with the Twenty20 World Cup not set to end until November 14 and the tourists expected to be quarantined for a fortnight, one of the traditional pre-Christmas matches is expected to be sacrificed for a 2022 date on a concise schedule.
The Ashes will end in Perth in January according to a plan by Cricket Australia
The Australian players believe a start in their traditional stronghold of the Gabba during the second week of December will give them an early boost, while the day-night match in Adelaide would clash with the Big Bash League showing times as they move to the new years would be shifted.
By rearranging the Perth Test from third in order to fifth, Melbourne and Sydney would be able to host their usual Boxing Day and New Years matches.
As things stand, the Australian government is maintaining a closed border, jeopardizing the chances of English fans to support. Cricket Australia, however, remains in dialogue with government ministers and hopes that the successful rollout of a national vaccine program will result in an overhaul.
Meanwhile, it is clear that the three-Test series in the Caribbean will end on Sir Viv Richards’ home island of Antigua so that the Richards-Botham trophy can be presented to the winners by the man himself.
The Australian government is maintaining a closed border and questioning traveling fans