New Delhi. Australian captain Tim Paine on Friday admitted that even if some players from traditional rival England have refused to tour the Ashes for 2021-22 due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there will still be a tussle between the two countries. This Test series will be held.There has been much speculation about the Ashes as several England players have expressed concern over traveling with family members to Australia amid strict COVID-19 restrictions, including Test captain Joe Root. And some are even considering pulling out of the tour. But Paine told ‘Sen Hobart’, ‘The Ashes will be held. The first Test will start on December 8 – regardless of whether Joe (Root) comes here or No. ‘
Tim Paine said, ‘They all want to come, there’s no doubt about it. They are trying to put themselves in the best possible circumstances. But in the end we are all doing the same. ‘
Earlier, Root and other members of the England team had expressed skepticism over the tour, citing “bio-bubble fatigue” amid the prospect of being under strict restrictions.
Those who do not come, do not come – Pen
Paine said, ‘England players have a choice whether they want to get on the flight to come here or not. He said, ‘No one is forcing any England players to come here. The beauty of the world we live in is that you have a choice. If you don’t want to come, don’t come. Paine also asked former England star Kevin Pietersen to let the players decide for themselves whether they want to play in the Ashes or not.
“He (Peterson) is an expert on everything, there’s no doubt about it. ‘ Penn said, ‘Kev, leave it to the players to decide, let them speak. We haven’t heard a single England player saying that he is not coming. Pietersen recently took to Twitter to criticize Australia’s isolation rules, saying that players are tired of living in a bio-bubble and also called for the removal of these ‘isolation rules’ in Australia ahead of the Ashes. .