Joe Root admits he is yet to make a “definite decision” on whether he will travel with England to Australia for this winter’s Ashes series (Series Winner – Australia 4/11, draw 6/1, England 4/1).

The first Test is set to get underway at The Gabba in Brisbane on December 8 and the squad is expected to be announced in the week of October 4.

England’s journey to Australia is likely to be a difficult one due to strict Covid-19 restrictions and Test captain Root isn’t ready to commit until he has a clearer picture.

The exact conditions of entry into Australia are being pieced together at present with talks between the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia at an advanced stage.

Root told Sky Sports: “I feel it’s so hard to make a definite decision until you know. It’s a little bit frustrating but it’s where we are at. From a player’s point of view we want to know what the position is. Then we can make decisions.

“Of course it’s been a discussion point throughout the whole summer, it’s a big deal for all of us. That’s why it’s so important that we get all the information.”

Root, who is yet to score a Test century in Australia, admitted that it could be his final opportunity to tour the country.

He added: “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.

“The position I’m at in my career, it could be the last opportunity I get to go, so of course it’s something you’re desperate to do, desperate to hopefully make history over there and be part of something very special.”

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