Bears spinner Danny Briggs has landed in Australia ahead of his Big Bash stint with Adelaide Strikers. During his stay down under, Danny will be sending a weekly blog for Bears fans, starting today as he reflects upon the joys of quarantine.
Hello to all Warwickshire fans. I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these strange times. I am very excited to have signed for the Bears and am really looking forward to getting stuck in in all formats next year.
In the meantime, I have got a very exciting opportunity coming up with Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash. But first up, the not so exciting bit, two weeks in quarantine.
I landed in Perth 11 days ago, and after a lot of checks at the airport (it’s all very well-organised by Australia Government) had a police escort straight to a hotel and I haven’t been out of my room since. My meals are left outside the room in a brown paper bag three times a day. It’s very strict, totally understandably.Danny Briggs
Cricket Australia have put an exercise bike and some gym equipment in my room, so that’s great to keep my fitness up. It also helps pass some time…all I can say is thank heaven for the internet! One of the plusses of this situation is that I’ve had lots of time to talk to my family because, once the tournament starts, that will be harder because we will be very busy.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking to my folks and also quite a bit Facetiming with Phil Salt. He has also signed for the Strikers and was on the same flight over and is in the same hotel so we are properly sharing this journey.
I’ve got the PlayStation too and Netflix has taken a bit of a hammering, but it’s safe to say I’m looking forward to Saturday when I will be released back into the wild! I can’t wait to just have a walk in the fresh air.
It’s a very strange way to prepare for a big tournament but, of course, it’s got to be done to help keep us all safe. The Strikers’ coach Jason Gillespie had to do this when he flew back into the country, so he knows exactly what it entails. He told me what to expect and everybody over here has been great. I just can’t wait to get out there soon and start training and playing for the Strikers.
T20 cricket is never predictable and is always coming up with hurdles for you to get over. This is a strange one, but I’m totally comfortable that I’ll be in good shape for what’s ahead – and I know that, at the end of these couple of weeks, an awesome opportunity awaits me.
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