Jos Buttler has said that the Barmy Army will be “a huge miss” if the 2021/22 Ashes down under goes ahead and added he’s hoping to get more clarity on the situation in the next few days.
While there will likely still be Barmy Army representation at grounds due to the ex-pat communities, Australian travel restrictions mean that the huge numbers of supporters that usually travel down under for an Ashes tour will not be allowed to go.
There remains uncertainty about whether the series will go ahead at all and whether we could see England players pull out due to concern over bubble fatigue and being away from their families.
Jos Buttler, whose second child was born earlier this year, is among those that remain unsure about the 2021/22 Ashes.
Speaking to Yahoo Sport, he said: “If I had to do a World Cup and an Ashes – four, five months without seeing my family – I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that.
“We’re still waiting for more information, as soon as possible. Hopefully in the next few days there’ll be more information. As soon as you get that it makes it easier to know what decision you’re making.
“The ECB and Cricket Australia will be working very hard together to make it as good as possible. It’s tough to make a decision when you don’t have all the answers. In Covid times, there is always going to be some sort of question that is difficult to answer.
“It could be changeable, it would be naive not to say so in the times we’re living in, but you want to go there with as many assurances as possible.”
This Ashes tour would be Buttler’s first and he indicated that playing there without the support of the travelling Barmy Army would not be the same.
“Of course you want all the support you can get,” he said. “I think the Barmy Army are such an incredible group of supporters and Australia always seems to be one that sticks in my mind, seeing them so visible at the grounds.
“Whether it’s good or bad news on the field their support is quite amazing and they will be a huge miss.”