Cricket Australia has given the strongest indication yet that travel restrictions will not put the Perth Test in jeopardy, and that the Ashes will go ahead as planned.
With West Australian borders remaining firmly closed to the eastern states, there are concerns on how a travel bubble from Sydney to Perth would function.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said there had been “very constructive and detailed discussions with the Western Australian government, about how we move safely from the fourth Test to the fifth Test”.
The integrity of the series had been up in the air for several months, with many questioning the quality of the English travelling side, or if they would even make the journey at all.
Those concerns were put to bed last week, when a relatively strong squad was named, including captain Joe Root.
The only key omissions were Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Moeen Ali, the latter retiring from Test cricket a couple of weeks ago and the other two injured.
Arguments over the travel restrictions put in place for visiting players have raged on in the background, between both former and current players as well as media and fans.
A revised schedule sees Perth as the venue for the fifth and final Test, taking place after the traditional closer at the SCG.
The newly-built Optus Stadium will be hosting its third Test match. The 60,000 seater hosted India in 2018 and New Zealand in 2019, with Australia winning both times.
The first Test is set to take place on December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane.
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