Australian cricket superstar Alyssa Healy has nailed India over their hotel complaints ahead of the fourth Test.
An Indian team source likened their Brisbane accommodation to a "prison", complaining about the impositions on players under initial biosecurity measures.
"We are locked up in our rooms, have to make our own beds, clean our own toilets. Food is coming from a nearby Indian restaurant which will be given to us on our floor. We can't move out of the floor that's been designated to us," the unnamed source said.
The conditions have since been relaxed - but that didn't spare India a blast from Healy.
"The Aus and NZ women's teams did their quarantine in the same hotel last year. Here's a shock - we survived...." Healy, an Australian women's team star and the wife of Test paceman Mitchell Starc, wrote on Twitter.
In a since-deleted reply to another Twitter user, Healy wrote: "There's a few Aus players who haven't been home since July — haven't heard them whinge yet."
Former Australian Test bowler Trent Copeland replied with a crying-laughing emoji: "I mean seriously, who makes their own bed??"
Respected Indian cricket broadcaster Harsha Bhogle replied: "Trent, Alyssa, my feeling is that these are quotes picked out of a larger conversation. Everyone is on edge and I think the key is what they were promised versus what they were delivered. These are stressful times for everyone. Let us all cut each other some slack."
Healy copped a barrage of feedback from Twitter users and responded on Thursday morning.
"G'day everyone. For those of you having a a huge whinge (most). Here's some perspective. We're in a GLOBAL pandemic. Countries are shut, people are dying and international travel is remarkably hard especially for those trying to come home," read one tweet, followed, by two more.
"The fact that we (yes I play cricket as a woman) are able to travel the world and still do our job whilst many around the globe have lost theirs is a privilege. It's tough, it's not easy everyone has to sacrifice things - but it's still a privilege and...
"A choice we made to keep our sport going. Government mandated quarantine isn't much fun but at least cricketers can get out and train/play for trophies which clearly mean so much. Just have a little perspective people!"
Australia and India head into the fourth and final Test, starting Friday, tied at 1-1 in the series. Australia must win to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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