Thousands of Barmy Army fans to miss the Ashes due to border restrictions

Tight international border restrictions have meant there will be no travelling Barmy Army fans attending the first Ashes Test.

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7/12/2021 2:57:00 AM

The Barmy Army has promised there will still be a 'strong vocal presence' from the vocal supporter group despite 'thousands' of members unable to travel from the UK.

Tight international border restrictions have meant there will be no travelling Barmy Army fans attending the first Ashes Test.

Adam Canning, the Commercial Director for the Barmy Army told Sky News’ First Agenda that there were thousands of disappointed fans who would not be able to attend the first few Test matches.“We’ve got no travelling fans from the UK due to the restrictions,” he said.

England players applaud the barmy army during day five of the Ashes Test match at the Melbourne Circket Ground, Melbourne. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/PA Images via Getty Images)Mr Canning said while there would still be a “strong vocal presence” from the Barmy Army's members already residing in Australia, thousands of English fans were stuck at home unable to make the trip Down Under.

“We’re well represented on the ground in Australia, we’ve got supporter groups at all of the five venues in Australia, in all of the states where the Tests are being played so there will still be a strong Barmy Army presence,” he said.Want to see more Ashes news? Stream live and on demand with Flash. New to Flash? Try 14 days free!

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“Just sadly not backed up by the thousands of travelling fans who had planned to come on the trip.”There are roughly 2,000 registered Barmy Army members who reside in Australia but Mr Canning said there had also been more tickets sold to English expats living in Australia.

Cricket Australia recently announced the fifth Ashes Test would be moved away from Perth after Premier Mark McGowan refused to relax the 14 day isolation requirement for players, staff and broadcasters.On behalf of the Barmy Army, Mr Canning called on the governing body to move the fifth Test to a venue where the English fans could attend without having to undergo quarantine.

“There’s still some hope at this end that restrictions might chance in time for January,” he said.“So if Cricket Australia are thinking about sending it elsewhere which I know they’ve now agreed to do then please send it somewhere where we can travel to.”

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Cricket Australia will likely decide in the coming days with Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne all vying to host the Ashes finale.Tasmania’s Premier Peter Gutwein has been vocal in his attempts to get Cricket Australia to hand the final Ashes Test to Hobart after the city lost their chance to host a Test match between Australia and Afghanistan earlier in the year.

“Hobart has only been allocated 13 Tests in the 32 years since hosting our first Test and CA should now act in the best interests of the country, make history, and award us our first Ashes Test,” Mr Gutwein said.“Tasmania stands ready to host the match, whether the preference is for a day match or a day-night match – we can easily accommodate either option.”

The Ashes begins on Wednesday with the first match to be played in Brisbane at the Gabba before the series moves to Adelaide for a day-night Test match.The third Test will begin on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before Sydney hosts the New Year’s match.

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