The Proteas cancelled intra-squad warm-up games planned for Saturday and Monday.

“It’s been quite bizarre,” said fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “We have to take that extra precaution.”

“We have to train in groups – a group of non-contacts and a group of close contacts,” added Rabada.

“The team is doing well at sticking to strict rules.”

“It can be quite tough. You can’t interact, you’ve basically lost your freedom,” said the 25-year-old.

“It’s like luxury prisons, but you just have to remind yourself how fortunate we are. 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.

“You’re just surrounded by four walls most of the time and that can be a factor mentally. Once we start playing it will take away from the desolate times.”


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