UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls on Australian Scott Morrison to help resolve ash standoff


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to help ease strict quarantine rules to allow families of England cricketers to tour with the players in the upcoming Ashes series.

England players are looking to secure assurances that family members will be allowed to join them in Australia during the five-test round in December and January.

Australia’s borders are effectively closed in an effort to control COVID-19, with international arrival caps and limited places available in the country’s mandatory hotel quarantine regime.

Johnson said he discussed the Ashes with Morrison in Washington this week when the couple met for dinner.

« I lifted him up and he said he would do his best for the families, » Johnson told reporters in Washington.

“He totally understood that for cricketers it is very difficult to ask people to be away from their families at Christmas.

“He just made a commitment to come back and see if he could find a solution. « 

The England and Wales Cricket Council said last month it was « very confident » that the Ashes, starting in Brisbane on December 8, would go on as planned despite England players claiming they could. skip the tour if families cannot make it to Australia.

Australia plans to ease border and quarantine restrictions by the end of 2021, when at least 80% of adults are expected to have received two COVID-19 vaccines.

However, officials in the COVID-free states of Western Australia and Queensland have said they will set their own opening schedules and may keep their borders closed for longer.

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