The decision is set to be officially finalised later this week which will see England bring a full-strength squad to play in the five-test series, the UK’s Daily Telegraph reported.
The decision brings an end to weeks of negotiations with Cricket Australia and ECB over concerns the players would have to spend the Christmas period away from their families due to the strict quarantine rules.
The Ashes will go ahead after England captain Joe Root confirmed he will be travelling to Australia. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images
The major issue that English players were concerned about was their families having to spend two weeks of hotel quarantine, but it was resolved with a compromise to allow quarantine at a resort in the Yarra Valley, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The resort has reportedly been booked exclusively for the England team and their families which will allow them to move freely around the hotel.
During Tuesday’s meeting England’s captain Joe Root confirmed that he will travel to Australia.
Root’s confirmation that he would be playing was reportedly the “key development” in making sure the series would go ahead.
His decision will sway a host of fringe players who may have been called up for the tour with players concerned over the future of their international careers if they chose not to travel.
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There are still concerns over whether England’s keeper Jos Buttler will travel after he explicitly expressed his concerns about being away from his family.
The England team will be travelling to the United Arab Emirates next month to play in the T20 World Cup before moving on to Australia for another two months.
England is now expected to field a full-strength squad with their second-string side the “Lions” also scheduled to tour.
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English fast bowler Jofra Archer will miss the Ashes with an elbow injury as will star all-rounder Ben Stokes who has taken an indefinite leave from the game.
The English touring squad is expected to be announced later this week with the first test scheduled to begin in Brisbane on December 8 with the fifth and final test in Perth on January 14.
Australia has won 4-0 and 5-0 in the past two Ashes series on home ground and is the current holder of the urn after a historic draw in England two years ago.

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