Michael Vaughan fears stiff quarantine laws may rob England of a host of Ashes stars next summer in Australia even if player’s families are allowed to tour.
Speaking on Fox Cricket’s Road To The Ashes podcast, Vaughan doubled down on his claim the Ashes are under a “huge threat’’ amid fears of a mass withdrawal from bubble-fatigued English players.
Initially there was a fear players might withdraw from the tour if their wives and children were not permitted to join them. But former English captain Vaughan said that was just the start of the issues not the end of them.
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“I have to be dead honest … they (the Ashes) are under a huge threat,’’ Vaughan told the podcast.
“I am sure the families will be allowed in. You saw what happened with the India team but it is not just getting the families in. If you have a young wife and two or three kids are you really going to expect them to spend two weeks (quarantining) in a hotel room and not go out?
England’s Ashes squad could be missing a host of big names if tight quarantine rules still apply in Australia. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“I think a lot has to change. It’s not just a matter of letting the families in. I think the quarantining may have to change and that is saying to your government the rules and restrictions (must change), which is a very difficult decision to make.
“Do you want to see an Ashes series where five of the top guys are not going to tour?
“They will pull out because they are part of all three formats.
“They will go to the T20 World Cup and to the IPL and someone like someone like Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer will say, ‘do you know what, I am not going to spend Christmas and New Year away from home’. No way am I going to do that knowing my family will have to go through two weeks of quarantine.
“Fingers crossed things can be ironed out but at the minute the Ashes are under a huge threat.’’
Vaughan said the toll of bubble life on the heavily burdened English players was understandable.
Michael Vaughan believes the Ashes series in Australia this summer is under ‘huge threat’. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“They have pretty much been in a bio-bubble for 18 months,” he said. “They spent the whole of last summer locked away at two grounds. Jimmy Anderson lives two miles away from Old Trafford and he was not allowed to see his family.’’
England vice-captain Ben Stokes has stood down from cricket indefinitely due partially to the strain of bubble life and Vaughan said that should be a warning to the world.
“It was a big shock for everyone,” he said. “I know his (broken) finger is not right. And with the intensity of what Covid has brought to the cricketers he has decided he needs a breather.
“It is a wake-up call that if Ben Stokes is struggling. With the kind of character we know he is we have to listen. These players are going through a lot.’’
Originally published asVaughan warns Ashes series under ‘huge threat’
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