England 's cricketers have reportedly been given a presentation by Cricket Australia, outlining what they can expect from this winter's Ashes tour.
The tour remains in doubt, with Australia having some of the most strict coronavirus protocol in the world and players concerned about 'bubble fatigue', not being able to see their families and quarantine arrangements.
On Monday, the ECB stated that a decision will be made about the tour next week, with a statement reading: "The board will decide whether the conditions are sufficient for the tour to go ahead and enable the selection of a squad befitting a series of this significance."
According to a report from the Daily Mail, the England players were part of a video conference with Cricket Australia on Sunday where they received details of tour conditions for the first time.
Now, the players will be asked to make a decision on their availability for the tour, with the ECB planning to name a squad later this week.
Test specialists James Anderson and Stuart Broad have publicly stated that they are prepared to tour Australia, with Anderson conceding: "I only play one format so it is easier for me."
Youngsters Dan Lawrence and Ollie Pope have also committed to the tour, with Pope saying: "Talking as a guy who plays one format at the moment for England – and I don't have a girlfriend or wife, kids or anything – I'm one of those guys that it doesn't really matter for me, that time away from home.
"I would be available for the [Ashes] tour, but I'm one of the only ones in that circumstance without a family for myself and just playing the one form."
However, Jos Buttler has said he "wouldn't be comfortable" playing in both the T20 World Cup and the Ashes if it meant that he would not be able to see his family.
Buttler's wife recently gave birth to their second daughter and, with the World Cup leading directly into the Ashes, he could face up to five months away from his loved ones.
"For myself, 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," Buttler said.
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