Heather Knight is confident she will cope with a two-week quarantine in New Zealand safe in the knowledge she can return to something like a familiar routine when she leads her side in their limited over series with the White Ferns.
England women's captain Heather Knight is confident she will cope with a two-week quarantine in New Zealand safe in the knowledge she can return to something like a familiar routine when she leads her side in their limited over series with the White Ferns.
England were meant to be defending their 50-over World Cup title in New Zealand next month but the coronavirus pandemic has seen that tournament postponed until 2022.
They will now play New Zealand in three one-day internationals and the same number of Twenty20 matches.
England fly out on 24 January and then complete a fortnight's quarantine.
New Zealand, however, has been one of the world's most successful countries in containing COVID-19, with only 25 deaths among a population of five million as of last month.
England Women had a taste of bubble life when holed up in a hotel across the road from Derby's County Ground during their hastily arranged five-match T20 series against the West Indies -- their only internationals of the 2020 home season.
"We've experienced bubble life as cricketers and it's manageable but it's not particularly fun," Knight told a conference call on Thursday.
"It's obviously what we need to do at the moment but just a carrot of being able to live normally and enjoy the amazing things that come with touring is something we're massively excited to do."
England will be without injured World Cup-winning seamer Anya Shrubsole but their 16-strong squad includes left-armer Tash Farrant while teenage fast bowler Issy Wong will train alongside the group to aid her development.
"I think it's a really important tour in the context of women's cricket internationally, being able to get the game on and so much hard work has gone into it," said Knight.
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England ended the second day on 264-6, just 65 runs behind.
Kiwi all-rounder Daryl Mitchell also became the first New Zealand batter to score three successive centuries against England in a Test series
England were 183-2 at stumps on the fourth day of the third and final Test, needing just a further 113 runs to reach a target of 296 on Monday's last day.