Australia Tour of West Indies: Australian team under complete lockdown in West Indies – The Australian cricket team is currently under a complete lockdown in St Lucia, where the Aaron Finch-led side is currently based for a five-match T20I series against Kieron Pollard’s West Indies. However, the reason is not COVID-19 as it has been over the last one year.
It would not be wrong to say the Australian cricket team is bracing for a storm — literally and metaphorically. the Australian team is facing an internal battle over participation in IPL 2021 and neglecting the national team while the Aaron Finch-led team is bracing for a storm (literally) in St Lucia. The country is under complete lockdown with a storm warning in effect.
The likes of Aaron Finch, Daniel Christian, Riley Meredith had to cancel their practice session as the Caribbean island is bracing for a tropical storm in the next 24 hours. Named Elsa, the tropical storm is expected to devastate the island nation. Hence, the country has announced a national lockdown on the island from Friday at 4 AM, asking all residents to remain indoors until the storm passes.
The Aaron Finch led Australian contingent, currently in a bio-secure bubble, has been asked only to step out for practice. But the tropical storm Elsa has further dampened their plans. The team has been given permission to train on Saturday but that depends on the damages Elsa does.
Australian cricket team has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. First, as many as nine first-team players pulled out of the West Indies and Bangladesh tours owing to bubble fatigue and then the complete lockdown in St Lucia has impacted their practice ahead of their 5-match T20I series against Kieron Pollard’s West Indies that begins July 9. But Australia’s wicketkeeper Alex Carey isn’t perturbed. The Kangaroos have been habituated to the life in bubbles and frequent lockdowns. The storm Elsa hasn’t dampened their spirits. Instead, after the day off, they are aiming to return to practice and get into the groove.