Paine reveals PM messages as Ashes call looms

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Australian skipper Tim Paine says helium expects astir of England's starring players to marque the travel for this summer's Ashes series, portion revealing Scott Morrison has besides been keeping tabs connected progress.

While the bid was ne'er earnestly successful information of being cancelled, determination was the imaginable of England sending an under-strength team, with starring players acrophobic astir quarantine arrangements successful Australia.

That appears to person been resolved done a bid of meetings among the English players, including a league with Cricket Australia brag Nick Hockley this week. Captain Joe Root has present indicated he'll beryllium making the tour.

The Australian captaincy has agelong been jokingly referred to arsenic the 2nd astir important occupation successful the country, aft the Prime Minister, and Paine revealed he'd been successful interaction with Mr Morrison implicit the prospects of the Ashes going ahead.

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"I've had a small spot of interaction with him, helium ever touches basal to spot however it's going, and helium was keen to find retired what the sticking points mightiness beryllium from a player's perspective," Paine said connected SEN Hobart.

"I've shared a fewer substance messages with the boss. He loves it, loves his cricket."

The archetypal Test is 2 months away, and the ECB said connected Monday it would conscionable "later this week" to marque a last decision.

According to the Australian skipper, we tin expect a adjacent full-strength English broadside to marque the trip.

"I don't deliberation they've guaranteed they're coming yet, but what I'm proceeding retired of England is truly positive," Paine said.

England skipper Joe Root with his Australian counterpart Tim Paine. (Getty)

"I deliberation Joe Root has spoken to the players, our CEO Nick Hockley was connected a telephone with immoderate of their players and the feedback from that was truly positive.

"Most, if not all, things that person been asked for person been delivered.

"The affirmative quality I'm proceeding is that a batch of their players volition commit, mightiness beryllium 1 oregon 2 that don't, I deliberation we'll spot a truly beardown English broadside travel out."

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