Australians take an unconventional route to protect the ashes

“Everything on the Line”: What the Ashes Mean for Australians

There will be no train, but Australian Ashes players are using a combination of planes and automobiles to travel to Adelaide in a bid to keep their COVID-19 campaign free.

The 15-player CommBank Women’s Ashes team were named on Wednesday, and just 24 hours later, the first players arrived in the South Australian capital to begin preparations.

The full squad will meet on January 17, ahead of the Australia v Australia A practice matches the next day and the inaugural Ashes T20I at Adelaide Oval on January 20.

Those arriving in Adelaide this week have traveled on separate commercial flights and will remain low-key during their first few days of touring – able to attend an outdoor gym in pairs (of different skills) and work out in the nets, but remaining otherwise isolated as the bubble forms.

Others from Sydney and Melbourne will be driving either to Adelaide or by charter in the coming days, having gone into self-isolation before their departure, and once the team is reunited, restrictions on movement outside of play and training. will be extremely strict.

Spinner Jess Jonassen, who arrived in Adelaide from Brisbane on Thursday afternoon, said the players were ready to do whatever it takes to get the Ashes moving forward.

“There is nothing ideal about the current Omicron climate … but I’d rather make sure everyone’s safety is ensured and that we can play a full series rather than risk anything. either, so it’s like that. “Jonassen, who returned to the Australian squad after missing the series against India due to injury, told cricket.com.au.

“It’s things like every time we’re outside our own hotel room, making sure we have a mask on, following all normal government rules, and then for us it’s also making sure that if we’re going out somewhere as a group in terms – to go for a take-out coffee, for example – that you only go in a group of three or whatever.

“Everyone’s pretty hip and pretty used to different protocols now… especially (those in) southern states.

“It calls for a bit of common sense within our group and obviously helps people like Kingy (new member of the Alana King team) coming from the stronghold that is Western Australia… she doesn’t. would not necessarily have been so exposed before. “

It is also the start of a long period on the road – the Australian and English World Cup teams will leave for New Zealand just days after the Ashes ODI Final and will not return home until early April – and a departure that came earlier than expected after a recent change saw the ash schedule brought forward by a week.

Ensuring players avoid COVID will be even more crucial throughout the later stages of the Ashes; Late additions to World Cup teams will not be permitted under applicable regulations established by New Zealand Health and the International Cricket Council, with only one flight per team departing for a 10 day quarantine period across the Tasman.

“We want to make sure that we give everyone the best possible chance (to make the World Cup) and mitigate any possible risks,” said Jonassen.

“It’s one of those things you’re learning to live with now, so you have to try to be as flexible and adaptable as possible.”

Australian captain Meg Lanning echoed that ‘whatever it takes’ feeling when the World Cup squad was announced on Wednesday.

“By entering this bubble, the risk of catching COVID is significantly increased compared to what it was maybe even six months ago,” Lanning said.

“It’s a slight difference going into this series and this World Cup at the back is something that everyone wants to participate in and certainly don’t want to miss.

“There is, I guess, that little bit of nervousness, but after talking to the medical staff and all the support staff, they put everything in place to keep the bubble very secure and minimize the risk of contracting COVID.

“I am very confident that everything is in place and I hope everyone can stay safe.”

The management of the Australian squad is bracing for the possibility of COVID impacting the Ashes at some point and have told the A team players to prepare for a call to the senior squad at any time.

With this in mind, the two groups are kept separate, in order to minimize the risk of a major epidemic within the squads.

Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes v England

January 20: Premier T20, Adelaide Oval

January 22: Second T20, Adelaide Oval

January 23: Third T20, Adelaide Oval

January 27-30: Trial match, Manuka Oval

February 3: First ODI, Manuka Oval

February 6: Second ODI, oval junction

February 8: Third ODI, oval junction

Australia A vs. England A

January 20: Premier T20, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide

January the 21st : Second T20, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide

January 23: Third T20, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide

January 28: Premier DO, Philip Oval, Canberra

January 30: Second DO, Philip Oval, Canberra

February 2: Third OD, Philip Oval, Canberra

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