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Ashes series in Australia set to go ahead after England cricket officials give conditional approval


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England cricket bosses say the Ashes series in December will go ahead in Australia after officials gave conditional approval.

Doubt had been cast on the seven-week tour while England was negotiating for less strict health and travel restrictions in the pandemic, especially for visiting relatives.

But on Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said “excellent progress” had been made in dealings with Cricket Australia.

“To facilitate further progress and allow a squad to be selected, the ECB board has met today and given its approval for the tour to go ahead,” it said in a statement.

“This decision is subject to several critical conditions being met before we travel. We look forward to the ongoing assistance from Cricket Australia in resolving these matters in the coming days.”

The series is now due to start as scheduled in Brisbane on 8 December.

England captain Joe Root last week refused to confirm he would tour Australia, while opposing counterpart Tim Paine had suggested the tourists would pitch up for the series with or without their talisman skipper.

 Sky News

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