Mental health is something to monitor heavily: Finch

Cricket is being returned to the field in strict adherence to strict safety policies. England are already on the verge of finishing two series. Australia series in front of them.

Mental health is something to monitor heavily: Finch

Australia will arrive in England on August 24 to play a T20 and ODI series in early September. Australia is the only country that does not have to come to England to stay in a 14-day quarantine.

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Even then, Aussie cricketers will have to stay apart for a few days after arriving in England. They have to undergo under coronavirus test. And cricketers will not be able to go out unnecessarily during the series. They also can’t break security policy. So they have to spend most of their time in the hotel. Aaron Finch, Australia’s limited-overs captain, finds the task difficult and stressful.

“[Mental health] is something to monitor heavily. It could be a few months that people are in these bio bubbles and being stuck in a hotel room by yourself can be really tough,”

Finch said.

“I know from an Australian point of view there’s a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure that we’ve got all our checkpoints in place to understand and recognise when things might be a little bit off.”

England’s Jofra Archer was dropped from one of the Tests for breaking the safety policy in the West Indies series. Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez had to stay in isolation. Several cricketers in the Pakistan team have had to take the coronavirus test more than once. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) did not have a chance to break the safety policy and corona.

“What’s important to remember is we are in a position to help continue the global game. There should be no more motivation than that to do everything right.  I’ve been very strong with the guys in the last couple of weeks about making sure that we do literally everything we can with regards to the protocols to keep the global game going,” Finch said.

Australia will play the first of a three-match T20 series against England on September 4. The remaining two matches will be played on September 6 and 9. The ODI series will start on September 11 and end on September 16. After that, several cricketers from the two countries will go to the United Arab Emirates to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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