'No special deals' for England stars' families during Ashes, says Australia PM

The families of England’s cricket stars heading to Australia for this winter’s Ashes tour will not receive ‘any special deals’ despite fears over covid-19 restrictions, the country’s Prime Minister has confirmed.

Several players have admitted their concern over the strict measures currently in place Down Under, with some even considering boycotting the tour if their families are unable to travel.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously said that he would ‘do his best’ to find a solution for the families with his Australian counterpart.

However, Scott Morrison has since said their will be no chance of a deal, casting further doubt on whether the tour will go ahead or not.

‘I would love to see the Ashes go ahead, as I shared with Boris last night,’ said the Aussie PM.

‘But there’s no special deals there, because what we’re looking to have is vaccinated people being able to travel.

‘I don’t see a great deal of difference in skilled workers or students who will be able to come to Australia when you reach those vaccination rates.

‘Those who are coming for that purpose when it comes to their profession, which is playing cricket, I don’t see the difference between that and someone who’s coming as a skilled, qualified engineer or someone who’s coming to be ready for study.’

England seamer Stuart Broad has confirmed that he will travel down under regardless of whether loved ones are able to come with them and Former England batsman Mark Butcher has urged more players to follow Broad in committing themselves to the tour.

‘I’m slightly furious about the idea that players are thinking about not going on an Ashes tour because they’re worried about the quarantine requirements for their wives and kids,’ Butcher said on the Wisden Cricket Weekly podcast.

‘Now, wives and kids going on trips in my time was very much a privilege, it wasn’t expected. I know times have changed a lot but given that everybody is having to make various sacrifices, lots of sacrifices, lots of things are different because of Covid-19.’

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