England wicketkeeper-battler Jos Buttler is considering boycotting the Ashes because of concerns over extended bio-bubble restrictions.
The Ashes will be played in December and January 2021-22 in Australia. Following the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in the UAE, the England team will head to Australia.
Australia has a severe policy for COVID-19-related restrictions, as well as a longer quarantine period. Buttler is considering skipping the tour due to a lack of clarity regarding bringing the family along.
“I’ve sacrificed a lot for cricket and my wife and family have sacrificed a lot. COVID is incredibly challenging for everyone and Australia has a very strict policy in how they’ve tried to deal with it. Until we get more information about what it (the Australian tour) might look like, it’s impossible to know what decision you’re making,” Buttler told The Times.
The 30-year-old believes that one day, every player will have to choose between their family and the game.
Jos Buttler will not be part of the remainder of #IPL2021, as he and Louise are expecting a second child soon.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) August 21, 2021
In the absence of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler is the vice-captain of the England Test team. He is also a key player of the limited-overs England team. If he chooses to play both the T20 World Cup and the Ashes, he will be separated from his family for more than four months.
The Rajasthan Royals batsman had already declared that he would miss the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) second leg in the UAE.
In September, Jos Buttler and his wife Louise Buttler will welcome their second child.