Buttler insists family must go to Ashes

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Jos Buttler has reiterated that he would not consider playing in the Ashes if his family are unable to join him in Australia.

The England vice-captain's confirmation of his position, and call for more clarity on conditions, has come as the England and Wales Cricket Board prepare for "more challenging discussions" with Cricket Australia over tour conditions and quarantine.

England captain Joe Root was on Tuesday reticent to fully commit to the trip to Australia, even if he is adamant he is "desperate" to do so to win back the urn, amid concerns of what will be required of the players and families.

Buttler, who will fly to the United Arab Emirates next week for the Twenty20 World Cup, said on Wednesday: "If I had to do a World Cup and an Ashes - four, five months without seeing my family - I wouldn't be comfortable doing that."

With a little over two months to go until the scheduled first Test at Brisbane, ECB chair Ian Watmore admitted there are more hurdles to be cleared after last week receiving the latest update from Cricket Australia.

"There is no simple date it must be decided by, apart from when that plane goes to Australia," Watmore said.

"Joe and the players not involved in the World Cup will be leaving in the first week of November so we have until then to change things. We are trying to build up a picture, either confident or less confident, of the conditions.

"There are issues to sort out with Cricket Australia, there are issues for CA to sort out with their government and for the federal government to sort out with state governments. It is a complicated picture.

"CA know what we need to make the tour successful and they're working to deliver it. We need to see the detail, check it out with the players and management and either push back or commit.

"It's not a red-line type of discussion, but we're working hard to provide an environment in which our players and their families want to go and perform to their best.

"If Australia can deliver that, great, if not we may have to have more challenging discussions."

While Watmore said, 'It's not a red-line type of discussion', Buttler, whose partner has recently given birth to a second daughter, said not being able to be with family was a red line. The 31-year-old is yet to play in an overseas Ashes tour and said, "It's certainly something as an England player that you want to be part of... but you want to go there with as many assurances as possible."

Root had said: "I feel it's so hard to make a definite decision until you know (what the conditions are). That's why it's so important that we get all the information.

"I'm desperate to be part of an Ashes series, I always am, it's that one series as an England player that you want to be involved in and that will never change."

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