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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2020-21 – Quinton de Kock

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2020-21 - Quinton de Kock

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South Africa captain says schedule is “quite a challenge” as historic Pakistan trip looms

Quinton de Kock has described playing cricket in the time of Covid-19 as “unsettling” as South Africa prepare for at least three more bio-bubbles this summer. Next up is a historic visit to Pakistan, which will also include extra layers of security for South Africa’s first tour since 2007.

With South Africa currently under Level 3 restrictions (with Level 5 being the strictest) and the lockdown likely to tighten in the face of a surging second wave of infections, de Kock said the situation is on the players’ minds, even though there is little they can do about it.

“There is a lot of nerves that goes around when it comes to the bubble – lots of small things get into your mind; things that you’re not used to in life,” he said after victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka. “One day we could be living kind of normally and the next you’re in lockdown. Where do we go from there?

“We’re stuck in a bubble, and we could be stuck in a lockdown in some place for a certain period of time, which is the worst case scenario. But, as a normal person, that’s the way you think about things. Bubbles just make tours longer because of the quarantine period. You stay in your room for a certain amount of time. You get out when we are declared safe. It’s very unsettling. I don’t know how long it can last for. But, for now, you try and deal with it in the best way possible.”

South African cricket was largely unaffected when the coronavirus pandemic first struck last March, because their summer was at its end, but has since come face-to-face with the difficulties of playing at this time. Last month, England’s limited-overs tour was cut short before the ODIs after concerns about the integrity of the bubble as three South African players and two hotel staff tested positive, as well as two members of the England camp (who were lager confirmed negative). That necessitated stricter measures for the Sri Lanka series.

Both teams have been housed at the Irene Country Club, a large estate with plenty of outdoor space (including a dam for fishing) near Pretoria, and South Africa’s coach Mark Boucher said they had created a “family feel”. Some players, like Faf du Plessis and de Kock, also had their immediate family staying with them but South Africa’s temporary Test captain still found the situation unusual and is looking forward to an escape.

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