Ebene News – UA – When protection becomes prison: the bubble problem

Remember all those months you couldn’t leave home Now imagine a similar time when you couldn’t go home This is how most Australian cricketers are and this will become a problem out of sight

It is not politically correct to sympathize with professional sportsmen who are paid a lot to live their dreams while others do the cooking and washing But confinement in luxury is still confinement A tower of ivory is sometimes a lonely place House arrest in a beautiful house is always an arrest

For some Australian gamers, life has been a succession of bio-hubs since mid-August, with little to no days off They were in for a one-day streak in England, then the United Arab Emirates by playing IPL, then in a hub in Sydney for the India series, and / or the Sheffield Shield, and / or the Big Bash League Their protection has been their prison

The cricketers are finely programmed and tuned, but they are not automatons Steve Smith was eager to see his wife Dani in Melbourne at Christmas for the first time in 121 days Then the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney made that impossible Poignantly, Smith posted a Christmas photo of the couple on social media from 2013.The couple were finally reunited on New Years Eve, but on Monday they return to their estranged union

If you don’t feel any pain for Smith personally, at least consider what role it might play in his form collapsing No offense for the Aussie coach, but during these sleepless nights Smith has to wish he had someone other than Justin Langer to turn to

It’s not over yet, not nearly In Adelaide and Melbourne the test team has been released, but will return to strict quarantine for the Sydney and Brisbane fixtures Then there is the rest of the BBL season Then, starting in mid-February, Australia will split into two teams, one for a series of tests in South Africa, one for the one day in New Zealand.

Leaving aside the debate on how this belittles the cap for now, it’s possible the New Zealand squad may be in a bubble and the party for South Africa – if the series unfolds – will be in a straitjacket By then some players will have been bubble-wrapped for more than six months

It can’t be healthy for either individual or team harmony The bond is one thing, being stuck is another Years ago Australia cut the number of players which she took on tours to England, as too many fringe players with waning hopes and growing frustrations were in danger of being disrupted

The Australian hub as it stands now consists of 18 players It’s a necessity, as COVID-19 protocols prevent bringing in short-term replacements But it’s the kind of necessity that could easily generate dissension

Gamers aren’t complaining because they know no one will listen They realize it’s not like the rest of us are living high on the hog in 2020 And they like us hope it is a short-term arrangement The ACAs are biting their tongues because they know that there is no alternative at the moment

Australian players train at MCG The bubble has been looser for the Melbourne team, but will tighten in Sydney and BrisbaneCredit: Getty Images

You can tell they don’t have to play IPL But how many would turn their backs on a million dollar fee? You can tell they don’t have to do it at all if it’s that hard But would you be happy if, say, Pat Cummins wraps it up now and comes home?

Arguably Australia doesn’t have to play so much cricket, but it is a bankable opponent for countries like New Zealand and South Africa, and Australian cricket is aware of its obligation to be a good citizen of cricket

Basically it’s about heads Ask almost any board a year ago what the no1 problem was in sport and you’d probably have heard it was player welfare In cricket, it’s undeniable It’s a game that bothers the spirits anyway and carries an ever-present danger for the skulls Will Pucovski cut both barrels

Now there is only one item at the top of every agenda But as cricket adjusts to the pandemic it will have to accept that it cannot always and for all world be five-star accommodation behind a sanitary cordon He needs other stations It may mean that top players stand out not only in casual games, but in playoffs It will mean sophisticated mental health planning It will mean understanding

What most of us missed in 2020 is normalcy and family So believe it or not, make cricketers

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New Year, Sydney, Australia

Ebene News – UA – When protection becomes prison: the bubble problem

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