Australian limited over skipper Aaron Finch opened up about his concerns about living in a bio-bubble over prolonged periods of time.
Finch Opens up on COVID Bio-bubble
According to Finch, “being locked up for months is unsustainable” especially for married cricketers with kids.
“My wife worked it out the other day that I’ve had 20 or 21 days since April that I haven’t been in lockdown or in a bubble. If the COVID bubble and hubs continue for a long time, that will be something that’s looked into, no doubt. The welfare of players is paramount and being locked up for months is pretty unsustainable, when you’re away from your families and your families can’t travel,” Finch said, as quoted by AFP.
“That will be individual as well some guys who are married with kids will find it tougher than a young single guy, for example. We just have to monitor everything in that regard,” said the 34-year-old, who has not played a Test match since 2018.
Australia tour of New Zealand
Before he takes his flight to New Zealand, for the 5-match T20I series in February, Finch is looking forward to a much-needed rest. Australia’s T20I squad are scheduled to leave for New Zealand on February 7 for the series starting on February 22 in Christchurch.
“I’m going down to the beach for a few days to relax. My kit bag won’t be coming out of my car, I can tell you. It will be locked away.”
The ECB have adopted a rotational squad system to be able to sustain their busy cricketing calendar amid the pandemic.
“If you’re playing a few formats of the game, there’s going to need to be a chop-out from selectors and Cricket Australia. You notice what England are doing with their squads at the moment where there are guys who aren’t travelling for the first two Tests (against India) and then coming in (later),” Finch added.
The Melbourne Renegades captain has been under fire in the ongoing season of the BBL 2020-21 and has attested that the life in bio-bubble has put a strain on his batting form as well.
“I had an absolute shocker with the bat. The harder I trained the worse I got, which is the opposite to what everyone tells you to do,” Finch said.