England’s players are concerned about the conditions they will have to live in after arriving in Australia, such as the quarantine arrangements and whether family members can travel.

England will only travel to Australia for the Ashes series across December and January if its leading players are in the squad, the Associated Press reports.

That was the message from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday, with the sport’s national governing body saying it will announce this week if the tour will go ahead amid concerns about restrictions in place in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An ECB statement said there has been “regular and positive dialogue” with Cricket Australia about arrangements for Ashes series, one of the biggest occasions in cricket.

However, England’s players are concerned about the conditions they will have to live in after arriving in Australia, such as the quarantine arrangements and whether family members can travel.

The ECB said the priority was to ensure the tour can take place “with conditions for players and management to perform at their best.”

“We will continue talking to our players this week to share the latest information and seek feedback,” the ECB said.

Tellingly, the governing body added that the squad selected needed to be “befitting a series of this significance.”

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