Australia bowler Mitchell Starc has rejected suggestions by Stuart Broad that the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia was a “void series” because it took place under Covid-19 restrictions.
England bowler Broad said their 4-0 loss was not the “real Ashes” because of curbs on travel and socialising.
“Was that really quarantine? They were still allowed to play golf on tour,” said Starc, 33.
“Is that an excuse for 4-0? It was a pretty good series to be a part of.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail last month about the series down under, Broad said: “I don’t class that as a real Ashes. The definition of Ashes cricket is elite sport with lots of passion and players at the top of their game.
“Nothing about that series was high-level performance because of the Covid restrictions.
“The training facilities, the travel, not being able to socialise. I’ve written it off as a void series.”
But Starc says the conditions the England players trained under on Australia’s Gold Coast were some of the most relaxed in the country at the time.
“They had the pool, the gym, they were in a resort on the Gold Coast, they trained at Metricon [stadium], weren’t confined to their rooms and had their families there,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The funniest thing out of that was they called it quarantine on the Gold Coast. I did seven of them. That was the easiest by a country mile.” – BBC Sport