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Superstar's major fear for international cricket
Faf du Plessis believes spending months in a bio-secure bubble could soon become a major challenge."We understand that this is a very tough season and a tough challenge for a lot of people out there, but if it's back-to-back-to back bubble life, things would become a big challenge," du Plessis said during a virtual news conference on Saturday.
Jofra Archer insists he will not be afraid to speak out if bubble life gets too much over the next six weeks in India.
The England fast bowler spent more time in bio-secure conditions than anyone last summer and admitted he struggled before being given the tour of Sri Lanka off.
Now, as he prepares to spearhead England’s attack in the first Test in Chennai on Friday, Archer has again addressed his frustrations at the demands placed on cricketers in the Covid world while admitting ‘I don’t have a choice,’ other than to put up with them.
‘Anyone criticising us has never been in a bubble,’ said Archer when asked about England’s rest and rotation policy. ‘We have been in a bubble for months, one golfer (Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston) left one after four days.
NZ tourism frets over Tasman bubble delays
New Zealand tourism operators will be "lucky to hit 10 per cent" of capacity during their busiest months of the year, and want the return of Australians.Hopes for quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand took a hit this week as NZ's first community COVID-19 case in weeks prompted Australia to suspend its one-way arrangement.
‘I think we have to go in and out of these conditions because humans are social people. It starts to get hard if you are not having a great game or not feeling good with your cricket because there is nowhere to go.
‘It’s really great ECB gave me six weeks away. Sam Curran has gone back home now and Jos Buttler goes after this game. They are making it a priority that everyone gets time away so they can come back refreshed and ready to go.’
Archer, who was disciplined by ECB for breaking protocols last summer in going home to Hove on a journey from Southampton to Manchester, will talk to coach Chris Silverwood if he suffers the same feelings that led to his unauthorised detour last year.
‘I don’t have a choice really,’ he said when asked if he was mentally prepared for bubble life during four Tests, five T20 internationals and three 50-over games in India. ‘But I don’t mind to be honest because I know I will get my time away.
Aust-NZ bubble in Q1 still doable: Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she still wants free movement of people across the Tasman by the end of March."We still hold that ambition," she said in Auckland on Thursday, despite a squabble with Australia over its border arrangements.
‘If it does get too overbearing then it is okay to say so. Spoons (Silverwood) has already said that if anybody has a problem they should tell him but at the moment I am good to go until at least July. I am just going to focus on the job at hand.’
Meanwhile, Ollie Pope batted and fielded at Chepauk on Tuesday when England trained together for the first time since being allowed out of quarantine and could be in contention for Friday’s first Test.
Pope is recovering from a second operation on his right shoulder and will be officially added to the full England squad later this week.
Bess stars as England corner India .
England spinner Dom Bess claimed four wickets to leave India struggling to avoid the follow-on despite Rishabh Pant's blazing 91 on day three of the opening Test on Sunday. India need another 122 to avoid the follow-on. Fast bowler Jofra Archer removed openers Rovit Sharma and Shuman Gill in the morning session and Bess soon took over with his off spin to get key wickets including skipper Virat Kohli for 11."It's more about the collective, we've taken six today and it's set up the game nicely," Bess, who returned figures of 4-55, told reporters."We've seen it starting to spin and that's only going to get more.