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Australian Test paceman Mitchell Starc will train out of the WBBL village for a week to spend time with wife and Sydney Sixers star Alyssa Healy ahead of the India series.
Biosecurity restrictions in the WBBL hub were eased over the weekend and Cricket Australia confirmed Starc will enter the village in the coming days, where he will stay with Healy for about a week.
Restrictions in the WBBL hub were eased over the weekend with Cricket Australia confirming Starc will enter the village in the coming days where he will stay with Healy for about a week. Credit:Damian Bennett
Last month, Healy said she was "too scared" to look at Cricket Australia's summer schedule as there was a possibility the pair would not see one another until next year.
If WBBL restrictions had not been eased, cricket's power couple wouldn't have seen each other until the middle of January after the Test series if the Sixers made the WBBL final.
Healy has also vocalised her frustrations with the WBBL hub restrictions in recent days via social media.
On Saturday, former Test batsmen Ed Cowan asked on Twitter why WBBL players were still under strict protocol given that the touring All Blacks party became exempt from quarantine protocols after two weeks of quarantine.
Alyssa Healy was dismissed for five during Sunday’s game against the Strikers.Credit:Getty
“Why are they still in there [the bubble] with zero community transmission?" he said.
Healy replied: “Don’t get me started”.
With the new WBBL hub restrictions, players can now leave the bubble to get takeaway food or drinks but must wait outside the store and wear facemasks inside the store. Healy was able to walk her dogs after they were brought to the village by her parents.
The WBBL’s biosecurity staff are also now allowing team activities via an "on-request" basis. Some teams have gone for golf days, while the Melbourne Stars have gone to the beach. The Sixers are planning a beach day in the coming days. Cricket Australia said a request is yet to be turned down.
Players are also permitted to leave the bubble for exercise to run, walk or ride their own bikes.
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