Ashes tour would be ‘my worst nightmare’, says England hero Matthew Hoggard

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Hoggard admits that this series would be his 'worst nightmare.'

Hoggard understands why some of England’s players are yet to commit to the tour of Australia (Getty)

Matthew Hoggard has sympathised with England’s cricketers ahead of the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia after admitting that the pre-series quarantine would be his ‘worst nightmare.’

Several England stars, including captain Joe Root, and his deputy, Jos Buttler, have held off confirming their participation in the tour amid concerns over the strict covid-19 restrictions currently in place across the majority of Australia’s states. 

The stars want more clarification surrounding the finer details of the series, including whether their families will be allowed to travel with them during the gruelling two-month tour Down Under. 

The ECB and Cricket Australia have been in discussions in a bid to seek an agreement over the conditions of the tour, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Former England seam bowler Hoggard understands why the players remain reluctant to committing themselves to the trip before knowing the ins and out of the trip.

‘I am in no position to comment about how players are feeling in lockdown because I haven’t been in a bio-bubble. But to be locked up 24-7 with the same people daily, it would do my nut in, to be honest. It’d be my worst nightmare,’ he told the Daily Mail.

Root is key to England's chances of winning Down Under.

Joe Root is one of several players that want to wait for more information (Picture: Getty)

‘There were times [in my career] when I wanted my own company, so I would stay in my hotel room and take my imaginary dog for a walk in the fields back home – because I’d had enough of the people I was with.

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‘If you can’t get away from the 18-24 you are on tour with – see them for breakfast, lunch and tea, then go to training with them – no matter how much you like them, it’s going to grate.

‘So I can understand why players would be reluctant to spend three to four months in the same hotels, locked away, not allowed to go out and be normal.

‘Then throw in the family situation – young kids, having to isolate. Even in a nice suite, if you have two or three children and are not able to go out for several days.

‘That would be hard work. So I understand why some players might not want to go. No wonder they’re apprehensive.’


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