England players ‘can fly home after starring in just three of five Ashes Tests’

England’s players will be granted permission to leave the Ashes series early should they choose to do so.

The Barmy Army are set to travel down under in December and rekindle the intense and historic rivalry with Australia.

The upcoming series will be the first time the sides will battle for the prestigious urn since the summer of 2019 in England, when the series was drawn 2-2.

However, several players have raised questions about the quarantine period at the start of the tour, which will last two weeks and will also include the players’ families.

Cricket Australia and the ECB are currently discussing the issue and the former will confirm the plans by the end of this month.

To limit their time away from home, players can make themselves available for just three of the allotted five test matches, The Telegraph reports.

If the players are unhappy with the arrangements, they are able to withdraw from playing in the series.

To cope with every possible scenario, it was revealed back in March that England will send both a Test squad and an England Lions squad, the latter made up of reserve players.

A total of 30 players will be travelling to Oz in December – England’s largest ever party for a Test tour of Australia.

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England test captain Joe Root said the lack of information regarding The Ashes at present has been difficult for the players to deal with.

He said earlier this week: "We've tried to have good and honest conversations with the ECB, but if there's no information available to them it makes things very difficult."

The batsmen and his team have also had to deal with the cancellation of the fifth and final Test with India following a Covid outbreak within the visitors' camp.

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