Australia legend Shane Warne sends message to England players over Ashes tour

Shane Warne has told England’s cricketers not to pull out of the upcoming Ashes series in Australia after hearing that they could be given a ‘two-week holiday’ during quarantine.

Several players, including captain Joe Root have asked for more information from Cricket Australia, including whether their families will be allowed to travel amid the strict Covid-19 restrictions in place Down Under, before making a final decision on the tour. 

However, Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch hinted on Wednesday that a deal had been struck between the ECB and Cricket Australia over the restrictions, adding that ‘the quarantine conditions sound really positive.’

Legendary spin bowler Warne has urged every England player to travel for the tour, but would understand if some pulled out if they felt that the trip was going to impact on their mental health. 

‘What I’ve heard is England are being given a resort for their 14 day quarantine – swimming pool, golf course and everything for their families,’ Warne told talkSPORT.

‘Surely that’s a holiday for two weeks and not quarantine. If they can take their families there, have a resort, have a swim, play golf, have lots of fun with their families and kids in the pool – it’s actually summer there so the sun will shine and will be warm.

‘If they can do all that then hopefully we will have a full strength England team out there for the Ashes.

‘I’d be disappointed if any of the players pulled out because they can have their families there, have a resort and be there for a holiday.

‘From then you play the cricket. It’s an Ashes series, the biggest cricket series in the world. I’d be disappointed if any of the England players pulled out because I don’t know why they’d be pulling out.

‘A lot of people I’m sure would want to play in an Ashes series. You can define your career by what you do in an Ashes series.

‘I’d be disappointed if anyone pulled out, but in this day and times you have to understand that if someone feels it is going to be too hard on them then you have to accept that.

‘I think going to a resort for two weeks, having a pool, playing golf and hanging with you family as your quarantine – a lot of us have had it a lot harder than that with quarantine then play cricket in front of crowds. Hopefully it will all go ahead.’

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