England’s travelling fans ‘face BAN for this winter’s Ashes series’ due to strict Covid travel and border restrictions in Australia… which are set to remain in place for the rest of the year
- Joe Root’s England travel out to Australia for the Ashes, starting in December
- But England may have no travelling fans to spur them on against Australia
- England fans may be locked out due to Covid travel and border restrictions
Joe Root and his England side could be dealt the huge blow of taking on Australia in the Ashes without any of their travelling fans, according to reports.
England travel out to Australia later this year for the eagerly-anticipated Ashes tour, which is not expected to begin until the second week of December.
But according to the Times, England supporters could be locked out of Australia due to the strict Covid travel and border restrictions in the country.
Joe Root and his England side could be without the backing of their fans for the Ashes
It has been reported that Cricket Australia have warned tour organisers that the Ashes will take place without fans hoping to make their way over from England.
The strict quarantine regulations and border controls in place has seen Australia suffer fewer than 1,000 Covid-related deaths.
England fans could potentially head out to Australia if the country’s vaccination programme, which began last month, is rolled out more quickly.
But Australia are set to stick with their stringent measures, and the opening up of their borders appears likely to be one of the last Covid restrictions to be eased.
England’s travelling fans are set to be barred from entering Australia due to Covid restrictions
And the Australian government have been quick to let Cricket Australia know that their strict measures will stay in place, warning the governing body that international travel is unlikely to be a thing again until 2022.
There is still expected to be almost full crowds for the five-match series, but this will be made up of Australian fans.
The news will come as a huge blow to England, who have always been brilliantly backed by their travelling fans prior to the Covid pandemic keeping them out of grounds.
Root’s men are looking to reclaim the Ashes after Australia took the urn home after drawing the 2019 series in England, having won previously on home soil two years earlier.
Australia are looking to retain the Ashes after taking the urn home after drawing 2019 series
With the T20 World Cup in India taking place throughout October and November, the Ashes is set to begin later than usual.
With England needing to quarantine on arrival in Australia, the series is not set to begin until the second week of December – with the tourists requiring two warm-up games to get their eye in.
And due to the late start in this winter’s Ashes, there could be a change in the order of the venues.
To make sure that the traditional Boxing Day Test at the MCG and the New Year’s Test in Sydney go ahead as normal, the matches in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth could be pushed back to January.