England opener Rory Burns has said the limitations of moving in and out of bio-safe bubbles can damage their mental health at home and limit their availability for upcoming international tours.
Players have been living in bubbles since the resumption of international cricket in July following the COVID-19 break, with stricter rules being put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Burns scored 234 runs in three Tests against the West Indies but scored only 20 in the three Tests against Pakistan.
Burns told London’s Evening Standard: “Bubble life was different, something I personally didn’t enjoy.”
“When I played my best, cricket was everyone else and endless.
“I like to go out for coffee, look at a mate or my misses; refresh yourself without thinking of cricket – and it’s very hard to do in a bubble setting. That was the main challenge for me.”
Burns said she could choose to escape her Sri Lankan tour of England in January for the birth of her first child.
“I’m waiting to see what the dates are. I don’t know yet, so it’s a close call for time,” he said.
Another England opener, Tom Banton, came out of the Brisbane Heat’s upcoming Big Bash League campaign on Saturday, struggling to survive in a bio-safe environment.
“It was tougher than I thought it would be. I spent a lot of time in hubs and bubbles and realized that it wasn’t doing me much good,” Banton said.
Banton is now on a limited-overs tour of England in South Africa, during which the first ODI was postponed after a home team player tested positive for the virus.

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