Australia batter David Warner has admitted he feels sorry for England amid the strict Covid-19 restrictions in place ahead of the upcoming Ashes series.
Several England players were unsure about committing to the trip until they knew more about its conditions and whether they would be able to take their families with them.
But after weeks of negotiations between the ECB and Cricket Australia, England have now confirmed that they will indeed travel Down Under, providing that ‘several critical conditions’ are met.
Warner, who is expected to play a key part in Australia’s attempts to retain the urn, has said that he understands why his rivals have taken such a long time to commit to the tour.
‘When it comes to bubbles it is challenging. I do see England’s point of view,’ Warner told the Herald and The Age.
‘Coming to Australia, the questions being asked are obviously out of the control of Cricket Australia. It’s a government situation.
‘We went through it last season. With crossing borders and the like there is a lot of hard work and planning that goes into it.
‘I do feel for the England team and it’s more difficult if you’ve got children.’
Warner, who has two children of his own, could be set to spend a majority of the series without his family due to the two-week quarantine measures in place between state borders.
But the 34-year-old says that these issues are part and parcel of living in a pandemic.
‘They’re the challenges that we face. It’s not just about cricketers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re married or single, adult or child, every family has come under extreme pressure one way or another. I feel for every single person out there,’ he added.
‘There are people who haven’t seen their families for a year or more. People haven’t been able to get home for funerals. It’s sad.
‘I hope everyone can be with their loved ones no matter what this Christmas.’
The series is due to begin in Brisbane on December 8 and finish in Perth on January 18.
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