Tim Paine waded into the England https://tranhmaihuong.com/tranh-go-cuu-hac-du-xuan-duc-dep/ players’ Ashes dilemma and told his opposite number Joe Root: ‘If you don’t want to come, don’t come.’
Australia captain Paine marked the day on which his country’s prime minister Scott Morrison revealed that international travel down under would re-open in seven weeks following 18 months of closed borders by bullishly insisting this winter’s five-match series will go ahead.
That confidence was contrary to ECB chairman Ian Watmore, who told Sportsmail earlier this week that the tour would remain in doubt until the England Test specialists board a plane in the first week of November.
Australia captain Tim Paine (right) says the Ashes will go ahead ‘with or without Joe Root’
England’s players are still awaiting full details of the tour quarantine conditions Down Under
Although players like veteran seamers Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson plus Essex batter Dan Lawrence have publicly revealed they are willing to travel, those with young families like Root are yet to commit amid uncertainty over the conditions they and their loved ones will face.
‘The Ashes are going ahead.The first Test is on December 8 – whether Joe is here or not,’ Paine told radio station SEN Hobart.
‘It’ll be worked out above us and then they’ll have a choice whether to get on that plane or not.
‘No one is forcing any England player to come.That’s the beauty of the world we live in – you have a choice. If you don’t want to come, don’t come.’
Earlier this week, Root said an away Ashes tour was something all his players were ‘desperate to be on’, adding that for him it was potentially a last chance ‘to make history over there and be part of something special’.
But the 30-year-old stopped short of committing to the trip when he said: ‘It’s hard to make a definite decision until we know what it looks like.We are still waiting for information.’
Root has refused to commit to this winter’s Ashes tour of Australia until details are confirmed