Ashes thrown into more chaos with chances of Perth Test labelled "very slim"

Australia's Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck has admitted that the chances of Perth staging the fifth Ashes Test this winter are "very slim".

Currently, people are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period when they enter Western Australia.

However, that would not be practical under the current schedule as there is just a five day gap between the start of the fifth Test in Perth and the end of the fourth Test in Sydney.

And Colbeck says there are "serious questions" about whether Perth will host the game if they do not make allowances.

England 's players are expected to undergo a 14-day quarantine period when they enter Australia at the start of the tour and they will be reluctant to do the same again ahead of the fifth Test.

Speaking to Perth radio station 6PR, Colbeck said: "From my understanding of the border rules at the moment, and if the Test team came into Queensland, which they currently plan to do, they’d have to quarantine.

"The cricketers won’t quarantine, they won’t come. We’ve had to do a lot of work to organise quarantine arrangements for the cricketers coming to Australia.

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"We want the Ashes tour to go ahead. But I’d say there’s serious questions about whether or not there would be a Test match in Perth this summer.

"Having had the Tests in Sydney and Melbourne, there won’t be the time frames for quarantine to occur before coming to Western Australia.

"I would suggest that the possibility of a Test match in Western Australia is very slim."

Colbeck also claimed that his home state Tasmania could replace Perth and host the fifth Test, adding"Tasmania would love to have a Test match.

"Would love to see the Australian captain playing a Test match or captaining a Test match in his home state.

"I suspect that my Premier is talking to those that he needs to talk to, to see what he can arrange."

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