India vs Australia ODI series: Many of Australia’s cricketers have not seen their families for months while playing under novel coronavirus protocols but they are doing everything possible to keep themselves motivated as they prepare to meet India over the home summer.
It has been tough times for Australian stars who were part of the recently concluded IPL 2020, as they are midway through a two-week quarantine period in Sydney after returning home two weeks ago from the Indian Premier League, which was played in a biosecure bubble in the United Arab Emirates.
Notably, training sessions are the players’ only break from the monotony of being holed up alone in their hotel rooms.
However, some of the players have found different ways to cope up with the stress and keep themselves busy during the quarantine.
Test no.1 batsman Steve Smith, who is known for his insatiable work ethic, revealed that he had been shadow batting in his hotel room to keep himself busy.
“I’ve copped a few messages last night saying “stop tapping the bat down”,” Smith joked on Tuesday.
Smith also said that he has benefited from training in quarantine, where has not had to share nets with as many teammates.
“Because we’ve had a sort of smaller group than what we’d normally have for a training session, it’s actually been good for batters like myself to be able to get the time that I can in the nets,” Smith said.
Ind vs Aus: Australian players discussing team strategies on video call
In lieu of real face-to-face time, players have resorted to virtual meetings on Zoom to discuss team tactics and plans. These meetings have provided a welcomed distraction for players to while away the hours before or after training – the only time they can leave their rooms.
Ind vs Aus: Australia’s physio and trainer go beyond the call of duty
Given that players returning from IPL will be injury-prone and exhausted, Cricket Australia’s physio Kate Beerworth and physical performance manager Andrew Weller have willingly entered two weeks of hotel quarantine to ensure the country’s biggest stars like Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, are ready to take on the might of Virat Kohli’s men.
Notably, the quarantine period will end on Thursday which means that Justin Langer’s team will have less than 24 hours together before taking the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday for the opening ODI of the series.