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Discussions are currently ongoing between England and Australia over whether players’ families will be allowed to travel down under for the upcoming cricket showdown. They also have concerns about the two weeks of quarantine they will have to undergo before the series starts.
It is understood the topic was likely to come up when Mr Johnson and his Australian counterpart bonded over dinner in Washington.
A senior government source said: “Australia is working really hard on vaccines and obviously recently, we provided extra vaccine supplies.
“Hopefully everything will open up before the ashes.”
Australia’s international borders have been closed since March 2020 to stop the spread of coronavirus from overseas, with even citizens finding it difficult to slip into the country under notoriously strict weekly arrival caps.
Foreign citizens are banned entirely unless in exceptional circumstances, and must be granted a hard-fought exemption.
And last week star bowler James Anderson revealed that his family will not be joining him in Australia because of the two-week quarantine rule.
“There are obvious doubts over the Ashes tour and a lot of uncertainty about families travelling and quarantine rules,” he said.
“My family have already said they are not going to Australia.
“My kids are in school, the youngest has exams and there is no way they can do two weeks quarantine because by the time they come out I will be playing a Test match and might only see them for a few days before they have to go back for the start of term.”
During their meeting the Prime Minister and Mr Morrison spoke about the new nuclear submarine pact – AUKUS and Britain’s new trading tie-up with Australia.
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