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Women’s Ashes preparation labelled “comical” by England captain Heather Knight

England are gearing up for the start of the Women’s Ashes later this month and captain Heather Knight has described their preparation as “comical”

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England captain Heather Knight has said her side’s preparation for the Women’s Ashes has been “comical” due to Covid restrictions.

The series is due to get underway on January 20 with a T20I in Adelaide, after the series was brought forward to allow both England and Australia to complete the necessary quarantine ahead of the Women’s World Cup in March.

England have already been hit by a positive Covid test within the camp, with a member of their support staff testing positive.

“It was naive to think we wouldn’t be affected by Covid,” Knight said. “There is obviously concern and anxieties from the group. We’ve had to live under pretty strict protocols since we arrived.

England captain Heather Knight has described her side’s preparation for the Women’s Ashes as “comical”
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“There’s a frustration there but it’s the time we live in at the moment – it’s very challenging to tour with Covid around.

“The restrictions we’ve been under have changed so being adaptable to that as a player is tricky. As soon as you get your head round something, something else changes.

“But we’ve got no other option to try and make the most of it and do the best of it.”

The England players spent most of Christmas and the New Year under strict Covid restrictions to ensure they could make the trip Down Under.

As a result, Knight revealed players have been forced to get their families to help them practice, labelling the preparation “comical”.

“We’ve been living pretty much isolated in our households since Christmas and a little bit before,” she added.

England are gearing up for the start of the series later this month
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“This isn’t the start of the restrictions for us. It’s been going for a little bit of while.

“Two weeks before we left England we could only train as individuals and with our households so we’ve had mums feeding bowling machines, boyfriends and girlfriends slinging, dads batting and any family member or households supporting our training.

“As you can imagine, it’s been pretty comical but also not ideal preparation for a series of this magnitude.”

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