Dynamic Australian opener, David Warner opens up about the life of a professional sportsperson in the pandemic era. Moving from one bio-bubble to another; staying away from family for a long time – Warner talks about the challenges physically and mentally the players face.
Warner himself, left home in August for the tour to England. Then he went to the UAE to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League 2020 before returning home for a full-fledged schedule against India.
The left-hander was injured during the ODI series and went out of Australia’s bubble for rehab. While the injury to the opener deflated Australia’s side, but this gave the 34-year-old an opportunity to meet his wife and kids – surely they had fun as observed on Warner’s Instagram page.
As quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald, David Warner said, “We know what we are facing. We have been in the bubble, we know what we are going to get so it’s not new to any of us who have been inside these bubbles. I wouldn’t say fortunate enough that I got injured, but I was always going to have that time off as well. A lot of us got that option, to take rest or not and we knew that was going to upset a fair few people coming from the IPL and missing the first couple of the games here.”
“But, at the end of the day, when you are given those opportunities, in my own situation with three kids and my wife, having not seen them, it was a no-brainer to have that time off.”
Australia bolstered as David Warner returns for the Sydney Test
Warner is set to make his comeback for Australia. The southpaw will play in the third Test match in Sydney – even if not 100 per cent fit – of the ongoing series against India. Along with Warner, young opener, Will Pucovski also returns to the squad while Joe Burns is dropped.
He suffered a groin injury during the second ODI against India. Consequently, he missed the third ODI, the T20I series, and the two Test matches in Adelaide and Melbourne. With the hosts losing the second Test and their batting looking fragile against the Indian bowlers the southpaw will straightaway slot in the opening spot in the third Test which commences on 7th January.