England Women in New Zealand, 2021 – Return to ‘normal life’ a huge lure of New Zealand tour


Squad will be allowed to train in quarantine and avoid bio-secure bubble afterwards if Covid-free

A chance to “live as normal human beings” again is a huge attraction of England Women’s upcoming tour of New Zealand, captain Heather Knight says.

After spending a New Zealand Government-mandated 14 days in quarantine upon arriving in the country later this month – and provided no one tests positive for Covid-19 – England players will be able to go about their business as normal without having to stay in a bio-secure bubble as their hosts have managed to keep to a minimum cases of the virus that currently has the UK under another national lockdown.

Rules could change in response to Covid-19 alert level restrictions, but for now Knight and her players are holding on to hope as they prepare to fly out on January 24 for three ODIs and three T20Is in February and March.

“Once we get through that two weeks’ quarantine, if nothing changes, it’s going to be like normal life which, even cricket aside, is going to be amazing,” Knight said. “Just to be able to go out and go to a restaurant and go to a coffee shop and just do normal things.

“We’ve experienced this cricketers’ bubble life and it’s manageable but it’s not particularly fun, it’s pretty dull, to be honest. It’s obviously what we need to do at the moment, but just the carrot of being able to live normally and enjoy the amazing things that come with touring is something we’re massively excited to do.

“We’ve got that two-week quarantine but I think knowing that at the end of that we can play cricket and we can live as normal human beings is going to make it a lot easier sitting in a room for two weeks.”

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