Seven international games, including a 20-day test match, will not allow Australia to field their best first-eleven of all games against India in the series ahead, Southern head coach has suggested. Stars, Matthew Mott.
Sydney and Melbourne being Covid-19 hotspots, the Indian team and 12 of Australia’s 18 players are currently in strict two-week quarantine and according to a report from ‘cricket.com.au’ they will allow a week before the first WODI in Mackay on September 21.
The Indian team will have no access to the training facilities during the two-week hard quarantine (hall).
“Our sports scientists are understandably nervous,” Mott told 91.3 SportFM, referring to bowlers Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Maitlan Brown and Stella Campbell, who are currently in quarantine in their rooms for fifteen. days.
“Here they won’t be playing for 14 days and will go right into a very busy schedule, so our player management has to be right on point,” Mott said.
He made it clear that not all first team players will play every game with workload management in mind.
“Not everyone will play every game, we have 18 in our squad and we have young players. The older and more resistant players will find a way, because they have accumulated this experience and their body is a little stronger .
“But for the young bowlers – Darcie Brown, Tayla Vlaeminck, Maitlan Brown – we have to be really smart about how we fit them in.”
Among Australian coaches, Sutherland is coming back from an upper leg stress fracture, Brown has recovered from a serious hamstring injury while Vlaeminck has suffered a series of serious injuries to his feet, knees and legs. shoulders.
“In an ideal world, we would have played the test last to gradually increase those loads, but it’s in the middle,” Mott continued.
“So there are different bowlers that we will have to use in different formats and the consequence is that we will not be able to play our best team every game – that would be crazy from a player fatigue and management perspective.
“We’re going to try to make it work, but it’s going to be a really interesting series to see how we navigate the complexities that will be presented to us.”
Moot called the schedule “very busy,” given the team hasn’t played much cricket since April due to various state lines using their own health security protocol.
“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be exciting but it’s going to hit us hard. We went from a little cricket to a very busy schedule overnight,” added Mott.
Sep 21: Premier ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
Sep 24: Second ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay (D / N)
Sep 26: Third ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
Sep 30 – Oct 3: Test match, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (D / N)
October 7: first T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
October 9: second T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
October 10: third T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast.
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