Cricket-Langer wary of bubble-weary Australian players ahead of Indian series

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MELBOURNE, October 30 (Reuters) – Australia coach Justin Langer believes managing the mental health of his bubble-tired players will be one of his main responsibilities in the upcoming home series against India, said on Friday the 49-year-old.

Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were among those who tasted life in a bio-secure bubble in August before leaving for a limited series in England.

They are experiencing it again in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates, as cricket continues to follow this pattern as a standard COVID-19 safety measure.

The quartet, along with several other Australian IPL players, will return home to enter another bubble ahead of the six short-form internationals against India starting on November 27.

“When we sat down with all of the boys individually in England and showed them the upcoming schedule, you could see the blood flowing from their faces – for personal and professional reasons,” Langer told reporters.

“We’re going to have to be very careful how we manage our players this summer.

“Although some people disagree with this sometimes, our people, our players and our staff are a priority for us to make sure they are healthy and happy.”

Quick Englishman Jofra Archer, who also plays in the IPL, admitted this week that he is counting the days to be freed from the world of bio-secure bubbles he has been trapped in in recent months. named versatile Cameron Green in their limited squad against India. Langer said the 21-year-old was “knocking hard on the door” but would have to wait for a test visit.

“Honestly, I don’t think there are too many places to be won on the Test side,” said Langer.

“We have a very stable side at the moment.”

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