Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada says living in the bio-secure bubble has been tough and has described it like "a luxury prison".

Rabada recently came back from a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) stint where he spent 11 weeks in a bio-secure bubble in the United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old is set for another three weeks in a bubble in Cape Town as the Proteas take on World Cup champions England in three T20s and three ODIs at Newlands and Boland Park.

Rabada, who is raring to go for the first T20 on Friday, acknowledged that living in the bio-secure bubbles had been tough but admitted that he was grateful to play the game he loves.

"Getting into the bubbles can be quite tough, you can't interact, you've basically lost your freedom. It's almost like a luxury prison that we're in," Rabada told reporters on Monday.

"But you have to remind yourself we are fortunate, people right now have lost their jobs, people are struggling at the moment so I just need to remind myself that we must be grateful.

"It can be tough, you're surrounded by four walls and that can play a factor mentally but then I just remind myself of all the good things that are happening."

Already two players in the Proteas 24-man squad have tested positive for the coronavirus and have been isolated from the rest of the team.

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Rabada is coming off a stellar IPL as the Delhi Capitals bowler finished the season with the purple cap, taking England men's tour to South Africa:

Sunday, 29 November at 14:30

3rd T20I: South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town

Sunday, 6 December at 10:00

3rd ODI: South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town

- Compiled by Lynn Butler

Source: News24

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