The Ashes were feared to be canceled after months of concern over the strict Covid-19 quarantine guidelines that England players and their families will have to follow in Australia.
England Test captain Joe Root raised new questions about the tour last week when he declined to confirm that he would be traveling in Australia.
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But the five-game series is set to begin as scheduled in December following talks between Cricket Australia, the ECB and the England players this week.
“In recent weeks we have made excellent progress in advancing the England Men’s Ashes Tour, “said an ECB statement.
“To facilitate further progress and allow for the selection of a team, the ECB Council met today and gave its approval for the tour to continue.”
However, there are still some unspecified problems to solve before England board the plane to Australia.
“This decision is subject to several critical conditions being met before traveling,” the statement added.
“We look forward to Cricket Australia’s continued assistance to resolve these issues in the coming days.”
Jos Buttler is one of the England stars who was reported to have engaged in the Battle of the Ashes.
Buttler, England’s vice captain of the test, had previously insisted that he would not embark on the tour without his wife Louise and their two young daughters Georgia and Margot, who were born last month.
Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Rory Burns are other potential members of the Ashes tour of England who also have young children.
Root’s team will attempt to become the second England team to win an Ashes series in Australia in 35 years.
The first test between the old rivals is scheduled for Brisbane on December 8.
Australia are the current holders of the Ashes after retaining the ballot box following a 2-2 draw in England in 2019.
They won the last “Down Under” series 4-0 in 2017/18.