Australian opener David Warner on Monday acknowledged that playing cricket while living in a biological bubble during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on his family’s life, and said his main target now is to represent his country in the next two T20 Worlds. Cup. (More Cricket News)
Realizing that the past six months have been tough for international cricketers, Warner refuses to commit to the number of draws he aims to play for Australia in the next 12 months.
“… it would be very difficult to be able to do that. The last six months in itself have been challenging enough, getting used to these bubbles and trying to get used to not having a family with me,” he said. David Warner is part of the IPL in UAE where he leads the Hyderabad Sunrisers. The league takes place in a bio bubble due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Those are things that every player has different circumstances. The next 12 months are very difficult when you look at the calendar, there will definitely be times where you can go home and have time with your family. We are not going to get to get it. that time to see our family and the end of being here 14 days in the hotel, adding three kids and a wife here, it would be very difficult.
“I would never put them in a situation where they have to go into quarantine for 14 days at home,” Warner said during a virtual press conference facilitated by the official broadcaster of the upcoming India-Australia series, Sony.
At 34, Warner is adamant that going forward he prefers to play more T20 matches, especially with the two ICC World T20 events scheduled in the next two years.
The ICC Men’s World T20 will be held several years in a row after the world body was forced to reschedule this year’s tournament in Australia for 2022. Meanwhile, India is slated to host the event in 2021.
“It’s something we have identified as players and coaching staff. I think you look at our one-day team and the T20 team, what we choose is quite relevant to what we will face in the next few World Cups. If we are going to take time off, it will happen between the draws. Obviously the priority is to play the World Cup, “said Warner.
Given that there will be a T20 World Cup coming up in India, preference will be the T20 stuff first. But obviously you have the next T20 World Cup in Australia too. So, there is a lot about the T20 in the next pair of years along with the preparations for the World Cup 50 times more in 2023, “he added.
Warner also ruled out playing in the Big Bash League again until he retired from international cricket.
“It is difficult for us players to play all three forms even if there is a window. You have to take that break because you will also have the summer. There is no off season for us,” he said.
“You play abroad then go into the (home) summer, then you have to play Big Bash, then you play more Tests or ODI series, then you go. For us, finding that time to really have a break.
“For myself, I have three kids at home and a wife who is also my duty. So playing all three forms, it is very difficult to do it. I don’t think I will play when I play for Australia. Honestly,” said Warner, who has only served twice in the BBL and has not played in his home tournaments since 2013-14.
For journalism that is in-depth, objective and more importantly balanced, Click here to subscribe to Outlook Magazine