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.

Gabba, Cricket

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! headtopics.com

Nadal shows courage and class with five-set win

“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.”

Matildas ignoring threat of Covid after India expelled from Asian Cup

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. headtopics.com

“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.

‘Luckiest guy in this country’: Dylan Alcott is Australian of the Year

Australian XI:David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (vc), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazelwood.Ashes Test Match Schedule:First Test: December 8-12, The GabbaSecond Test: December 16-20, Adelaide Oval

Third Test: December 26-30, MCGFourth Test: January 5-9, SCG

Read more: Sky News Australia »

Tennis Australia responds after police confiscate fan’s banned T-shirt

Peng Shuai’s welfare is back in the spotlight at the Australian Open after security stopped two fans and called police. Read more >>

Cricket Australia strips Perth of Ashes Test Cricket Australia has confirmed Perth will be stripped of the fifth and final Ashes Test in the much-anticipated series, but the replacement venue has not been decided. They should have played the first one in Perth because Brisbane will be a wash out, rain forecast everyday and Thursday a likely wash out, test cricket is drowning🏏 Quite right, punish the corrupt fascists & tyrant’s Tassie.

Perth loses fifth Ashes Test due to WA quarantine rules, no decision on replacement venue Cricket Australia confirms that the fifth and final Ashes Test will not be held at Perth Stadium, following the WA government's requirement for all players, staff and broadcasters to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the state. England will be up 4-0 by then anyway The Hermit Kingdom learns that there is no free lunch. Scrap it play four

Head in, Khawaja misses out — Australia names its XI for the first Ashes Test Australia finalises its Test team for the opening match of the Ashes series at the Gabba , with Travis Head getting the nod ahead of Usman Khawaja to bat at number five against England . Hi im new here I specifically unclicked sports because it sucks and yet here it is front and centre on my very first page. That is really bad. The correct decision. 🏏 Khwaja at three, Smith, Marnus, Head/Green? That's where I went.

Queenslanders warned to expect masks to return as cases pop up in communityQueenslanders have been warned to expect targeted restrictions to be reimposed where there are outbreaks of COVID-19 even after the border reopens at the 80 per cent double dose vaccination mark. Mask are a load of crap. Do absolutely nothing The Queensland government officially cancelled Christmas

Victorians reassured state's COVID-19 restrictions will not change due to OmicronDaniel Andrews has said the state can enjoy the holiday season knowing that Victoria's COVID-19 rules are not set to change and its borders are not planned to close. 9News yes everyone should enjoy the life

Cricket Australia makes huge call on Perth TestMark McGowan's border stance has made it logistically impossible to manage. 9News Some people are not as important as they like to think. CA will move on and west Australia will move Mr McGowan on at the next election.