Australia captain Tim Paine expects to face a “actually robust” England facet within the Ashes with talks ongoing over the collection, because of start on 8 December.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is assembly on Friday to resolve if the tour of Australia will go forward.
The ECB and England’s gamers, who’ve been involved by strict coronavirus restrictions, held optimistic talks with Cricket Australia on Tuesday.
“I am listening to plenty of their gamers will commit,” Paine informed SEN Radio.
“There could be one or two that do not, however I feel we’ll see a extremely robust England facet come out right here.”
Joe Root has reportedly agreed to the lead England on a seek for solely a second collection win in Australia since 1987.
Paine mentioned that he had been in contact with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to current a participant’s standpoint, with England’s squad searching for readability over quarantine intervals, ‘bubble’ circumstances and whether or not their households can be a part of them.
“He was eager to seek out out what the sticking factors could be from a participant’s perspective,” mentioned Paine of his conversations with Morrison.
“I shared a couple of textual content messages with him. He loves his cricket.”
Final week, Paine had mentioned that the collection would begin as scheduled in Brisbane, no matter whether or not English counterpart Root opted to remain at house.
Australia retained the Ashes when the groups final met in 2019, taking an unassailable 2-1 collection lead within the fourth Check at Previous Trafford.