Despite test win in Sri Lanka, England struggling with bubble life
GALLE, Sri Lanka, Jan 18 (Reuters) - England secured a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first test on Monday but there will be only muted celebrations at the tourists' hotel as life in a bio-secure bubble continues to take a heavy toll, said Jonny Bairstow.
Bairstow hit the winning runs at the Galle International Stadium as England claimed the first of the two-match series, but players have little option but to celebrate back at their accommodation near the ground, where they are hunkered down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is something that does take its toll because you’re going from a hotel to a cricket ground and back to the hotel,” he said.
The players had to quarantine in their hotel rooms after arriving in Sri Lanka and return negative COVID-19 tests before being allowed to start their pre-test preparations.
“Unfortunately, the guys are not able to see their families, their kids, wives, girlfriends over long periods of time, which is tricky as well,” said Bairstow.
“I was happy that the Christmas break came round because I think I’d had about six nights at home from the beginning of August until Christmas. I’m not going to lie about it, it’s tough.”
Trying to create a family atmosphere among the players and staff was key, he said, adding that they had spent a lot of time playing video games.
“That’s huge, it’s massive, I think the lads have become addicted to Call of Duty,” he said.
“But it is at times like this when you have something to celebrate that you miss those who support you the most.” (Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Daily Maverick © All rights reserved
|_GRECAPTCHA||5 months 27 days|
|connect.sid||1 month||This cookie is used for authentication and for secure log-in. It registers the log-in information.|
|__atuvc||1 year 1 month|
|__cf_bm||30 minutes||This cookie is set by CloudFlare. The cookie is used to support Cloudflare Bot Management.|
|__pvi||1 day||This cookie is used for the implementation of the news content from other sites.|
|lidc||1 day||This cookie is set by LinkedIn and used for routing.|
|d||3 months||This cookie tracks anonymous information on how visitors use the website.|
|__gads||1 year 24 days|
|_ga_Y7XD5FHQVG||2 years||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics.|
|ajs_anonymous_id||never||This cookie is set by Segment.io to check the number of ew and returning visitors to the website.|
|ajs_user_id||never||The cookie is set by Segment.io and is used to analyze how you use the website|
|jam_heavy_ga_session||5 years||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics.|
|uvc||1 year 1 month||The cookie is set by addthis.com to determine the usage of Addthis.com service.|
|_cc_aud||8 months 26 days|
|_cc_dc||8 months 26 days|
|_cc_id||8 months 26 days|
|_kuid_||5 months 27 days|
|bscookie||2 years||This cookie is a browser ID cookie set by Linked share Buttons and ad tags.|
|CMPRO||3 months||This cookie is set by Casalemedia and is used for targeted advertisement purposes.|
|CMPS||3 months||This cookie is set by Casalemedia and is used for targeted advertisement purposes.|
|i||1 year||The purpose of the cookie is not known yet.|
|IDE||1 year 24 days|
|IDSYNC||1 year||This cookie is used for advertising purposes.|
|loc||1 year 1 month|
|mc||1 year 1 month||This cookie is associated with Quantserve to track anonymously how a user interact with the website.|
|uid||5 months 27 days|
|uuid||1 year 27 days|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||5 months 27 days|
|wfivefivec||1 year 1 month|
|YSC||session||This cookies is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos.|
|__cflb||23 hours||This cookie is used by Cloudflare for load balancing.|
|ajs_group_id||never||This cookie is set by Segment.io. The purpose of the cookie is currently not identified.|
|revengine-browser-token||session||RevEngine Data Tool.|
|vicinity_id||1 year 10 months 24 days 11 hours||Vicinity Advertising.|