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Langer open to allow Australian players take breaks amidst bio-bubbles and quarantine periods


by SportsDiction – 21, September, 2020

Justin Langer, the Australian coach, says he’s open to allow his players take breaks from cricket in order to spend time with their families. With bio-secure bubbles and quarantine periods turning into a norm for cricket of any kind, family time is drastically being compromised. Players of the Australian national team are in with the possibility of not being able to see their families for over 150 days in the upcoming summer.

“One of the most important things in this Australian cricket team is we care for our people,” said Langer on Monday (September 21), who is currently self-isolating with the returning Australian squad in Adelaide. “If anyone gets to that point, well we talk to them all the time. We keep on top of it. We are all very very respectful of the present climate with guys being away from home, guys living in this hub life, and we are looking at ways to manage that. It goes without saying that care within our group is paramount. For 2-and-a-half years, it’s almost become a buzzword, they talk about culture. The Latin origin of the word culture comes from the word care. And hopefully, we are showing that consistently that we care for our people. If someone was to come up and say I need a break. I need to break out, they would have 100 per cent support from everyone in the Australian team.

“It’s not so much about the maximum training, all our guys are super fit, they’ll be up and running and playing, it’s more to do with quarantine regulations and every state’s different. That’s where it becomes so problematic and that’s where our management of the players individually and collectively is going to be so important. When you look at all the quarantine requirements, it makes it really difficult, it’s not like it’s been in the past. Simple more to do with the government and biosecurity requirements. Every opportunity we’re going to get for our players and our support staff to see their families we are definitely going to take it, but it’s really complex because of the current requirements.”

Jofra Archer was one of the first few cricketers to open up about the tedium of being in one bio-secure bubble after another. He missed the second Test against West Indies after taking a detour to stop by home before heading to Manchester, having barely seen his family since February, thereby being left out of the playing XI being forced into subsequent quarantine. Archer was part of England’s squads across formats since the resumption of international cricket for their home summer post the coronavirus-forced break. His performances gradually dipped through the summer with his pace dropping and him lacking penetration. Archer was open about the bubbles being “mentally challenging”, before moving into another bubble in the UAE with the Rajasthan Royals’ one for the IPL. Langer, however, believes that having a few Australian coaches in the IPL helps him keep in touch in touch with the players and help them deal with the present challenges.

“We are also lucky; we keep in touch with the players but also with Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich, Andrew McDonald of course our senior assistant coach, there are a number of Australian coaches over there who we stay in touch with. We’ll keep a close eye on the guys but again that’s no surprise. We have just come from England. We’ve been away for 5 weeks after the guys, the sacrifices they are making are huge. I know they get paid well but the sacrifices to their families and the game of cricket are huge. I admire and respect for them for that.

“You look at a David Warner or Steve Smith or a Josh Hazlewood or Pat Cummins, they had their quarantine before they left for England, they go straight into the IPL, they play that competition and they come back for 2 weeks, strict quarantine back in Australia, and then we start a summer against India which is one our biggest rivalries in world cricket today. These guys are under huge pressure and that’s why we have to care for them and look after them and make sure they’re going ok. If they need to chop out, as I said, they’ll have our 100 per cent support to do that.”

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