England tour ‘up in the air’ but Australia forge ahead with preparation

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc says that the white-ball squad are preparing for the proposed tour of England as if it will go ahead.

Starc maintains the players are focused on their preparation rather than the uncertainty of the tour.

“It’s still very much up in the air which is the way of the world at the moment,” Starc told cricket.com.au. “It’s changing day by day.

“We’re having weekly meetings about the challenges of the tour and where this all sits.

“We’ve got another one on Thursday to see if there’s any progressions on that.

“All the players are preparing to play and planning to go. It’s now up to Cricket Australia and the government on both sides as to whether we jump on that plane.

“In terms of the cricket, we’ll just get ready for the series.”

One of the reasons for the uncertainty is a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria which has left Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell under tightened lockdown restrictions. This could mean that Australian players might be subject to isolation or quarantine before they travel to England and upon arrival.

“It’s a really tough time for a lot of people around the world and especially down in Melbourne with how it’s tracking down there,” Starc said.

“Hopefully people are doing the right thing and trying to stem the flow there.

“In terms of the cricket down there it’s a lot more restricted than perhaps a lot of other states are, and even now in NSW we’re under very cautious restrictions and training in small groups, and we’re not allowed to cross-pollinate between groups.

“They’ll be making sure they’re doing all the right things, and they’re staying safe, and if we jump on that plane, they’ll be there with us.”

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Starc opted not to make himself available for the IPL this season before the pandemic hit, a decision he is now quite pleased with even if it means he misses out on a big pay-day.

“I know hindsight is a wonderful thing and now the IPL is on at a different time, but no, I wouldn’t change it,” he said.

“I’m happy to spend that time when the blokes are at the IPL in September I’ll be getting ready for summer.

“The IPL will be around next year, and if I feel the urge or people want me around I’ll definitely consider it, but as of this year I’m very comfortable with the decisions I’ve made.”

 

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