The coronavirus crisis threatens the Ashes ©Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted there will be "no special deals" for the England cricket team as doubts continue to be raised over the upcoming Ashes series.

Although England's men's team are to be allowed to enter the country under a special exemption, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not budge to allow loved ones to join them on the six-week tour.

The English team are due to arrive in Australia in November, ahead of the first Test in Brisbane on December 8.

However, many players are likely to first play in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman before flying directly to Australia, which means they could spend months in COVID-19-secure bubbles without seeing their families.

Several players have indicated they would not be willing to play in the Test series if existing restrictions are not eased.

Cricket Australia has said it is "supremely confident that the full contingent [of England players] will come and play the full five Tests," as reported by ABC. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Morrison to relax the existing restrictions at a dinner in the United States this week.

"I would love to see the Ashes go ahead, as I shared with Boris last night," Morrison said.

Scott Morrison is adamant that quarantine exemptions will not be granted for the families of England players ©Getty Images
Scott Morrison is adamant that quarantine exemptions will not be granted for the families of England players ©Getty Images

"But there's no special deals there, because what we're looking to have is vaccinated people being able to travel.

"I don't see a great deal of difference in skilled workers or students who will be able to come to Australia when you reach those vaccination rates.

"Those who are coming for that purpose when it comes to their profession, which is playing cricket, I don't see the difference between that and someone who's coming as a skilled, qualified engineer or someone who's coming to be ready for study."

The situation poses a political dilemma for Morrison as many Australian citizens remain stranded overseas as a result of closed borders and limited capacity in quarantine hotels.

Granting travel exemptions for the families of foreign cricketers would most likely lead to criticism.

However, as the country's vaccine rollout begins to accelerate, the Prime Minister said the nation was moving closer towards opening its borders.

"This week we will hit three-quarters of Australians aged over 16 first dose, and we will hit one in two having received their second dose," Morrison said, per ABC.

"And those vaccination numbers will continue to rise.

"And as they rise, the opportunities to get back to life as normal as it can be living with the virus, will just be coming closer each and every day."