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England want to BAN the word ‘bubble’ to describe biosecure conditions

England plans to stop the term “bubble” because of worries about the long-term effects on their players of being cooped up at biosecure grounds.

Over a year of living and playing in bubbles has taken its toll on England’s top cricketers, with IPL stars — who will be released from Government quarantine on Saturday — bearing the brunt of the damage.

Now, Ashley Giles, who has had to walk a fine line to keep the England show on the road during the Covid era, wants to avoid using a term that has come to be associated with being confined for weeks on end in an unnatural environment.

Instead, when the England squad selected by new supremo Chris Silverwood meets for the first Test against New Zealand on June 2 at Lord’s, the managing director will speak about “controlled team environments.”

England expects the ECB’s bio-security measures, which were put in place so successfully last summer, to be largely maintained, at least for the first half of this season.

Rather than being encased in a bubble, the squad announced on Tuesday will spend five days at home under controlled circumstances before meeting for another five days in a London hotel.

For the first time this season, a sports psychologist will be present at selection meetings, highlighting the demands on players’ mental health.

Giles will be joined by Silverwood and captain Joe Root, as well as a number of specialists, including one of England’s two psychologists — David Young and James Bickley — when he convenes the first meeting at Loughborough since the sacking of national selector Ed Smith on Monday.
They’ll give an assessment of each player’s mental preparedness.

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