STUART BROAD: Would I be happy to get on the plane to Australia? Yes, but we do need answers

My entire focus at the moment is getting myself ready physically for what I am resigned to being the most unusual of Ashes tours.

There is obviously a lot going on at executive level to negotiate acceptable arrangements for the England team and my message to our bosses at the ECB is simple: Give us the best possible chance to be mentally strong come January with the environment that is created.

Let’s try to make it as comfortable as possible for us because if you go somewhere like Australia and have to bunker down, you won’t enjoy being in one of the greatest places on earth — and aren’t going to win at cricket either.