South Africa cricket divides team to prevent COVID-19 spread 

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Leading up to their limited overs match against England, South Africa are training in two separate groups to limit the risk of further coronavirus infections.  

Two players have been placed in isolation while another two have tested positive for the virus. 

The Proteas have also cancelled intra-squad warm-up games. 

Fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, said the new training conditions are quite bizarre but they have to take that extra precaution. 

Kagiso Rabada

The first of three Twenty20s will take place on Friday, with three One Day Internationals being played from 4 December. 

Rabada said the team is training in two groups – non-contacts and close contacts –  and the team is doing well sticking to the strict rules.  

The series will be played behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl with matches and training being the only occasions in which the players will leave their hotel.  

Rabada, who is experiencing his second straight bubble in quick succession after playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates, likened their quarantine to living in ‘luxury prisons’. To cope however, he says he reminds himself of how fortunate he is. 

“People are struggling at the moment and we must be grateful for the opportunity to earn money and do what we love. We stay in great hotels, but it’s like a spoiled kid not getting what they want at the candy store,” added Rabada who captured 30 wickets in the IPL where he was the leading wicket taker. 

The powerfully built fast bowler said they are surrounded by four walls most of the time which has an impact mentally. He continued that once play begins, it removes the desolation of the situation.