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Mitchell Starc joins Alyssa Healy in Brisbane quarantine amid Covid schedule challenges

Mitchell Starc joins Alyssa Healy in Brisbane quarantine amid Covid schedule challenges

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Starc will have done four weeks quarantine out of the last five and faces more after the T20 World Cup

Alyssa Healy has been joined in Brisbane quarantine by husband Mitchell Starc amid the challenges posed by their competing schedules in the Covid era, the difficulty of travel and the need for players to be bubbles.

Healy is among 12 Australia players from New South Wales and Victoria in the squad to face India who are undergoing 14 days of hard quarantine alongside the visitors in Brisbane ahead of the internationals which have been moved entirely to Queensland.

Starc, who recently completed quarantine after returning from the tours of West Indies and Bangladesh, has joined her so the they are able to see each other before he departs for the T20 World Cup meaning four weeks out of five will have been in quarantine.

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Even in normal times the schedules for Healy and Starc mean they spend long spells apart – there was a five-month period during 2019 where they spent 10 days together – but the added complications of the Covid era, and the challenges of entering respectively team bubbles, have exasperated the issue.

After the India series Healy will be involved in the WBBL which may yet require a form of bubble while Starc, after another two weeks quarantine following the World Cup, will head straight into the Test squad which will also likely have some element of restrictions around it.

“It’s a scary thing at the moment with the way the world is, it’s incredibly challenging to travel as freely as before and to bridge into hubs is very difficult,” Healy told ESPNcricinfo. “There’s going to be a lot of sacrifices being made to ensure we can see one and other as much as we can.

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