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Paine told- The Ashes are going ahead Joe is here or not

Tim Paine and Joe Root

Paine said no one forcing anyone to board the flight but the Ashes will start on December 8 as per the schedule with or without Joe Root.

Australia Test captain Tim Paine said that the Ashes will begin on December 8 regardless of whether counterpart. Joe Root is part of the tour amid ongoing uncertainty about the level.

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England skipper Joe Root and others on his team have expressed doubts about the tour due to ‘bubble fatigue’. And concerns their families will not be able to travel with them due to Australia’s strict protocols.

“The Ashes are going ahead. The first Test is on Dec. 8 — whether Joe is here or not,” Tim Paine told the radio station, SEN Hobart.

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“It’ll be worked out above us and then they’ll have a choice whether to get on that plane or not.

No one is forcing any England player to come. That’s the beauty of the world we live in — you have a choice. If you don’t want to come, don’t come.”

Australia has caps on international arrivals and there is a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine even for the fully vaccinated.

Former England batsman turned pundit Kevin Pietersen said England players should not travel if placed under any restrictions.

“There is NO WAY I would go to The Ashes this winter. ZERO chance!” he tweeted.

Unless the ridiculous quarantine rules were squashed and my family could travel with zero restrictions.”

Paine said Pietersen did not speak for the players and said he should leave the decision-making up to them.

At the same time, England would be hoping to lay their hands on the prestigious urn for the first time after the 2015/16 season where they had defeated the Michael Clarke-led Australian team at home.

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