Ashes: England tour of Australia to go ahead 'subject to conditions'

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England's Joe Root (left) lost 4-0 to Australia on their 2017-18 tour.

The England and Wales Cricket Board says that the Ashes series for England men in Australia this winter "subject to certain critical conditions".

England was concerned about their family's ability to travel, be quarantined and make 'bubble' arrangements during the coronavirus pandemic.

The series of five tests will begin on 8/12 and finish on 18/01/

According to the ECB, "Over recent weeks we have made exceptional progress in moving forward" with the men's Ashes tour.

The statement stated: "To facilitate further development and allow a selection of squads to be chosen, the ECB board met today and gave its approval for the tour. Before we can travel, there are several conditions that must be met.

"We look forward the continued assistance of Cricket Australia in resolving this matter in the coming days."

In the next few days, England will select an Ashes team.

Australia has some the most stringent Covid-19 protocols anywhere in the world. This is complicated by the fact that the five Tests will be held in five states each with their own regulations.

Cricket Australia submitted plans for Ashes tours to the ECB late September. England's players were presented with arrangements on Sunday, and the ECB held a board meeting Friday.

After a draw of 2-2 in England in 2019, Australia holds the Ashes.

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