Ashes: Ben Stokes and Joe Root reach Down Under
Captain Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes were among the first arrivals to touch down in Brisbane on Saturday ahead of England’s Ashes series against Australia.
Root and Stokes are part of a party that will be based on the Gold Coast as they complete required quarantine before the first Test, which starts at the Gabba on December 8.
Other players selected for the squad are participating in the T20 World Cup and will travel to Australia upon the completion of England’s involvement in the competition.
“I think it’s been worked through, amicably, and everyone’s dealt with it as best as possible in an evolving situation,” Root said before leaving England. Stokes was only added to the squad last month.
While the England team will be required to undergo 14 days’ quarantine, the players have received an exemption that will permit them to train under strict conditions.
Root’s team are due to play a three-day warm-up against the England Lions, who also arrived in Australia on Saturday, at Redlands from November 23 to 25 before they face off again in a four-day match in Brisbane from November 30 to December 3.
England’s players will have the longest period ever ahead of an Ashes series to acclimatise to the conditions.