Ashes: Joe Root 'desperate' to go to Australia but does not confirm his place on tour

Root is desperate to play in the Ashes of Australia
Joe Root said he was "desperate" for the Ashes but did not confirm that he would lead England in Australia.

England's players wait to find out what conditions the series will be held under.

Root said, "It's so difficult to make a decision until you know what it looks like."

"Once we have more information, we will be able to make some special decisions this winter,"

England is looking to reclaim the urn of Australia from Australia. The five-Test series will begin on the 8th December.

Australia has some of the most stringent Covid-19 protocols anywhere in the world. England's players are concerned about whether their families will be allowed travel with them, what quarantine arrangements they have, and any possible 'bubble' that they might be expected to live within.

Cricket Australia (CA), has submitted proposals to the England and Wales Cricket Board, which has responded with a variety of questions that need clarification.

England players could be given the touring conditions on Friday. They would then have the weekend for their decision before the squad is chosen next week.

Root spoke out as he was named the Professional Cricketers Association men's player-of-the-year. Root said that the wait for information was frustrating.

The 30-year-old captain of England led their last tour to Australia, but it ended in a 4-0 loss. He hasn't made a century in the nine Tests he played down under.

This record contrasts with the 1,455 Test runs that he achieved in the previous year, which led to the PCA award.

Root, England's captain batsman and leading cricketer, will know that his words have significance. Any public statements he makes regarding his availability for touring could cause pressure on his teammates to do the same.

He said, "I want to be part in an Ashes series. I have always been."

"It is the only series that England players want to be involved with, and it will not change."

"We have to determine the current position of the group and then make a decision based on that."

England will be without Jofra archer, the injured fast bowler for England, while Ben Stokes' participation in the all-round is seriously in doubt due to his indefinite absence from cricket to take care of his mental health.

CA's proposed tour conditions are better than what the ECB initially feared, and it is expected that most players will accept them.

The fact that the Tests will be held in five Australian states makes planning difficult. Each state has its own Covid protocol.

New South Wales, which is the state that hosted the fourth Test in Sydney has released its own route. However, it remains to be seen if the fifth Test will take place in Perth due to Western Australia's travel restrictions.

Queensland's Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania was delayed on Tuesday due to four community cases. Queensland is scheduled to host the Ashes Test at Brisbane's Gabba.

Root stated, "From the players' perspective we just want to understand what the situation is and then we can take decisions."

It has been a topic of discussion throughout the summer. It is an important issue for all of us.

"Those will continue, and hopefully we can gain some clarity on all of it. It would be nice for everyone to go out and make history."