Alex Carey, wicketkeeper said that despite many of Australia’s cricketers have not seen their families for months while playing under novel coronavirus protocols like bio bubbles and quarantine norms, they remain in good spirits as they prepare to meet India over the home summer for 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests.
Alex Carey and some of his Australian teammates are midway through a two-week quarantine period in Sydney after returning home last week after the conclusion of Indian Premier League 2020, which was played in a bio-secure bubble in the United Arab Emirates.
Alex Carey: Locked In Rooms And No Contact With Any One Else
Having arrived Down Under on the same day as the Australian cricketers, the Indian team are in the same boat, and both sides will straight go to the field in the first one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Nov. 27, the day after completing quarantine.
Alex Carey said that training sessions are the players’ only break from the monotony of being alone in their hotel rooms, so they are practising with more vigour and energy besides excitement.
“It’s really strict – which is good,” the 29-year-old told reporters of quarantine in a video call from his room.
“Once we’re back in the hotel from training we’re locked in our rooms. No contact with anyone else,” said he.
“At 9 a.m., we’re really excited to get out of the hotel and head to training which brings a lot of energy to group sessions,” said the wicket-keeper.
“Everyone’s staying really tight on that, we understand that (with) the summer coming up, doing everything right is what we have to do,” he said.
Australia has largely brought the coronavirus pandemic to a possible end with stringent rules but a recent outbreak in Alex Carey’s hometown of Adelaide has caused scare again for the series-opening Test against India in the South Australian capital which is now in jeopardy and may be shifted.
A number of Australia squad players, including Test captain Tim Paine, played in Sheffield Shield matches in Adelaide last week and have been ordered to isolate after returning to their home states.
Alex Carey: Joining Bubble To See Mates
Alex Carey’s teammates in Big Bash League side Adelaide Strikers are expected to fly to New South Wales state on Tuesday for a hastily arranged camp to avoid being stuck in South Australia if the outbreak escalates and travel restrictions return again.
His wife, Eloise, and two-year-old son Louis have also jumped on a plane bound to Sydney, said Alex Carey, who looks forward to seeing them for the first time in almost three months once quarantine protocols are finally cleared.
Until then, teammates and staff are his main support.
“The relationships we have in this group are something that we’re all falling back on,” he said.
“Joining this little bubble here we get to see our mates and familiar faces. All the guys here are really strong from all the indicators that I’ve seen,” he concluded.
Several Australian members named in squad participated in Sheffield Shield like Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc.