Cricket Australia’s strict biosecurity protocols rescued Mitchell Starc from the sensational withdrawal of the first test in Adelaide after the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.
Starc and his wife Alyssa Healy live in the same area of Northern Beaches that has currently been closed by the NSW government, but were allowed to stay in Adelaide despite arriving after December 11.
Starc and Healy were granted an exemption from the South Australian government due to strict CA protocols that required the pair to self-isolate for three days before joining the Australian test bubble after Starc took time off due to family illness.
“This is the very reason why throughout the summer we have had players in bubbles and hubs, and we have already had an extremely successful summer,” said Nick Hockley, CEO of Interim Cricket Australia , at SEN this week.
“As we worked almost without community transmission, there were a lot of calls saying, ‘Do we need the hubs?’
“For us in recent weeks, it’s not so much about protecting ourselves against the coronavirus as it is not getting tangled up in this network of people who need to be isolated (when borders close and restrictions tighten).
“And I have to say these are the players from WWBL, BBL, BCCI, our own Australian teams, they have been absolutely fantastic in adhering to all protocols.”
News of Starc’s close shave comes after Channel 7 and Fox Sports were forced to send home staff members who lived in the northern beaches., including Test great Brett Lee.
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