Joe Root has revealed his desperation to get to Australia and regain the Ashes for what could be his last tour Down Under.
But even the committed England captain, who was named the Cinch PCA men’s player of the year, is unable to confirm his attendance 100 percent until the final itinerary and bubble conditions are revealed.
Mirror Sport understands that Cricket Australia presented an outline on Friday, but have been asked by the ECB to clarify some issues surrounding the quarantine regulations for families when they arrive, making it clear that the rules must be the same for all members of the touring party including support staff.
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“I’m very hopeful,” said Root. “And I think I speak on behalf of everyone that Ashes cricket, an away tour to Australia, is just one of those things that you’re just desperate to be on.
“The position I’m at in my career, it could be the last opportunity I get to go, so of course I want to make history over there and be part of something very special.
“It’s hard to make a definite decision until we know what it looks like. Once that information comes through and we have a bit more clarity we can start moving forward.
“I’m desperate to be part of an Ashes series, I always am, it’s that one series as an England player that you want to be involved in and that will never change.
“I think it’s really important everyone makes a decision that they’re comfortable with. There’s so many different factors that fall into it, so we need to know more.”
With the Ashes decision as well as the general Covid interruptions that are a part of the sporting landscape these days, the life of a cricket captain is more complicated than ever so it is a wonder that Root has been so prolific this year.
Six Test hundreds in 2021 including three in successive matches against India this summer have elevated him right to the top of the game once more in the same year he became England’s most successful Test skipper.
Voted for by his fellow professionals, he is joined by women’s winner Eve Jones, men’s young player Harry Brook and women’s young player Alice Capsey in claiming the top gongs.
And he hopes his rich vein of form can continue into Australia where he is still yet to score a hundred in nine matches.
“It’s brilliant to win an award, especially one that’s judged by your peers,” said Root. “I’m very grateful for that recognition.
“I certainly feel I'm playing some of the best cricket I’ve played and it is one of those years you need to make the most of.
“I'm very aware of my record in Australia and it's something that I desperately want to put right.
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“As a senior batter in the side, you want to be the one scoring the runs, you want to be the one making those big hundreds. I have done that this year so far.
“But it’s the one place where I feel like I have underperformed and I've not got the best out of myself. So it's a great driver for me to go and do it this time round.”
Joe Root was speaking following the 52nd cinch PCA Awards, the biggest awards ceremony in English cricket.