Australian opening batsman David Warner has been away from his family since September when the national team resumed international cricket. Following the tour of limited-overs tour of England, David Warner flew to the UAE for IPL and is back to Australia, preparing for another long series with India. With the COVID-19 restrictions becoming a barrier in spending time with families, the 34-year old has indicated skipping some tours in the near future.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced cricketers to stay within the bio-secure bubble for the entire duration of the series or tournament. The restricted environment to prevent any players from getting infected also barred families from accompanying them most of the times. Several players have opened up on the stress of remaining in the bubble throughout without seeing the outside world and conceded it might not be feasible in the long run.
David Warner underlined that it would be quite challenging, especially the next 12 months since there would be times when he would want to spend time with his family. With the mandatory 14-day quarantine in place, the conversations become minimal amongst them. The southpaw highlighted they will have discussions with the coach and selectors and everyone has to be brave enough to express their hardships.
“It will be very difficult. I won’t put them in a situation where I have to do 14-day quarantine at home. The next 12 months are going to be very difficult. There are definitely going to be times when you come home and want to spend time with your family. But you have 14-day quarantine that you have to do beforehand, so you are almost out of conversation. So, we will have to speak to coach and selectors. Each individual is going to be brave and put their hand up and say it will be difficult to do that,” Warner told in a virtual press conference.
The preference for the next two years would be World Cup: David Warner
David Warner further stated that the squads picked by the selectors moving forward would very much fall in line with the T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022. Hence, to perform well in the marquee tournaments, Warner identified that periodic breaks would be crucial between the series. The New South Wales lad pointed out that they have the focus on the two T20 World Cups and the 50-over one in India in 2023.
“That is something we have identified as players and coaching staff already. When you look at our ODI and T20 team. The squads they [selectors] are picking are going to be pretty relevant what they will field for the next couple of [T20] World Cups [in 2021 in India and 2022 in Australia]. For us, it is about if we can take time off between those two series. The preference is playing those World Cups and gearing up in the right way to perform in the tournament. The preference for the next two years would be World Cup. Then we will gear up for the 50-over World Cup in India,” he added.