Australia's travel ban threatens to scupper ODI series against England

Australia’s travel ban could lead to ODI series against England being CANCELLED as governing body plan to prioritise India Test series

  • There are fears Australia’s travel ban will last until the final quarter of the year
  • Aussie team will need special dispensation for England ODI’s if that’s the case
  • England are scheduled to host a white-ball series against Australia this summer 
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Australia’s indefinite coronavirus-influenced travel ban could scupper their scheduled white-ball series against England here this summer.

There are fears in Australian cricket circles that the current restrictions put in place by their federal government preventing Australians flying abroad in all but essential circumstances will last into the final quarter of this year.

It would therefore require special dispensation for their national sports teams to engage in series and for individuals to participate in domestic tournaments overseas.

There are fears in Australian cricket circles their current travel ban will extend to late this year

An Australian team spokesperson told Sportsmail: ‘The UK tour is still scheduled for July. Cricket Australia will be guided by government and medical advice before considering any overseas travel.’

However, with the ECB now looking to shift June’s Test series versus West Indies back a month – and Cricket West Indies prioritising that series over their home assignments against New Zealand and South Africa – the six Australian fixtures are to be re-positioned by the ECB into a September slot as revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday.

But Cricket Australia’s priority is to safeguard India’s tour down under at the back end of 2020 as it would cost them in the region of £150million if cancelled – equivalent of 60 per cent of their annual operating revenue.

Australia’s home Test series against India will cost them £150million if it is cancelled

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