Ashes 2021: Australia ‘desperate’ to play fifth Test in Perth

The Ashes between England and Australia is going to start in Brisbane from December 8. The fifth and final Test is scheduled to be played in Perth, but the recent COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the West Australian government have cast doubt on the match.

“We want to play the fifth Test in Perth, we absolutely intend to do that. Those discussions are ongoing as we talk. We are excited by the experience of last summer when we were able to play five BBL matches. January In,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hockley as saying.

“It’s been a whole winter of experience playing elite games at Perth Stadium in biosecure conditions. We have a strong relationship and are working on detailing what this could look like. It’s really important that we both teams, Giving match officials and broadcasters a great experience and their well being is front of mind.” she added.

The fate of the one-off Test between Afghanistan and Australia hangs in the balance and Hockley said Cricket Australia is “most likely” to postpone the game. What we are doing is to understand the situation on the ground. We’ve made our position very clear behind some of the earlier comments about cricket, potentially not being support for women and girls,” Hockley said.

“It is most likely that we will postpone the Test until there is more clarity after consultation with the Australian Government,” she added.

Coming back to the Ashes, England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood on Sunday picked a 17-player squad for the series.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated that all 17 players have been restricted at Test level and the strongest team has been selected by Silverwood. Ten of the 17 will tour Australia for the first time in an Ashes series, including vice-captain Jos Buttler.

The ECB said Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran was not considered for selection after a second scan confirmed he had a stress fracture in his lower back. Further expert consultation will be followed by further information regarding their management and possible withdrawal.

England squad for Ashes: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Jack Crowley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, David Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes , Mark Wood.

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