London, June 23 (IANS) Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen has come out in support of his country’s cricketers with the prospect of not being able to take their families to Australia during the long ash tour later this year.
The English cricket team travels to Australia in November and plays the first ash test at Gabba in Brisbane from 8 December. However, they cannot be accompanied by their families due to the Covid-19 protocols in Australia.
The South African-born Pietersen, who played over 100 Tests for England and scored more than 8,000 races, tweeted on Tuesday that “Any ENG player who pulls out of this ashes if they seriously can not see their families for FOUR MONTHS, have my full backing. Families are the most important part of a player’s make up. And even more so in the current climate! FOUR MONTHS without family on the Ashes Tour? ”
England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler had also expressed his reservations on Tuesday, saying “It (bringing Ash back) would be a huge challenge, especially when you are used to being able to take your family.”
“A lot of the guys have young families, so I’m sure they would think it was tough. Hopefully a positive solution can be found, ”the 30-year-old was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk.
England settles the ashes on January 18 in Perth. Prior to that, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who also play limited cricket, will represent England on the tours in Pakistan, Bangladesh and the T20 World Cup.
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