London, Aug 21 : If the Australian team manages to claim the Ashes in the series decider at The Oval, they will celebrate with a train trip to Edinburgh the next day.
However, it won’t be a victory holiday, but to play a one-day game against Scotland just three days after the fifth Test.
“I''''m not sure what we''''re going to do there, but even when we''''ve won World Cups and things we''''ve maybe had a small reception somewhere and then get back onto playing cricket. It''''s an incredibly busy international schedule. I guess if we happen to win I''''m sure we''''ll celebrate accordingly,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Australian captain Ricky Ponting, as saying.
“But, we are jumping on a train and going to Scotland for a one-day game up there. With those World Cup wins we''''ve had we haven''''t had a great amount of time to celebrate. We know the reason why, it''''s because that much international cricket is being piled on top of each other. We''''ll have our chance to celebrate if we win this week,” he added.
Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Doug Walters was considerate enough with the Australian team and said that Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board must have marked the Scotland match at the start or end of the England tour, to spare the team from such horrendous travelling.
“Do I feel sorry for them? No. They have a duty to play against Scotland, perhaps they should have scheduled it for the start of the tour. The officials have got themselves to blame. Hopefully they do get to celebrate and do it on the train on the way up,” Walters said.
After Australia''''s trip to Edinburgh, they travel to Manchester, then far south to Southampton, back to London, before jetting north again to Nottingham and finishing at the top end of the country in Durham for the final match. The team must then make its way south to London again to fly out for the Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa. (ANI)