VideoAussie batsmen produce epic fightback

If anyone wondered what international travel in 2020 looks like, this picture sums it right up.

Australia and England’s top cricketers are no strangers to spending a lot of time on planes, following tournaments around the world, but it’s safe to say even this would’ve been a first for them.

International travel in hazmat suits.


Following the final One Day International in Manchester, England and Australia’s IPL contracted players flew to Dubai on a charter flight for the lucrative T20 competition that starts tomorrow.

Upon landing this morning, Rajasthan Royals took to Twitter to share a photo of their four international players in their interesting attire.

“Four new arrivals. Can you guys who’s who?” they wrote.

With face masks adding further to the disguise, the players are nearly unrecognisable.

Picture: Rajasthan’s overseas players arrive: (L-R) Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran and AJ Tye.
Camera IconPicture: Rajasthan’s overseas players arrive: (L-R) Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran and AJ Tye. Credit: Twitter: @RajasthanRoyals

On the far left is Rajasthan’s captain, a handy batsman you may have heard of called Steve Smith – who has been confused for looking like Shane Watson behind the intriguing outfit.

The second Australian in the photo is on the far right, Perth Scorcher AJ Tye, who joins the Royals for the first time after two season with Kings XI Punjab.

In the middle are the two Poms – fiery quick Jofra Archer is ironically next to Smith, who he struck with a devastating bouncer during the Ashes last year, mirroring the petrifying moment the late Phil Hughes was hit.

Second from the right is Sydney Sixer Tom Curran. A notable absentee from their overseas line-up is Headingley hero Ben Stokes, who is currently in New Zealand with his ill father.

It remains unclear when – if at all – Stokes will join the franchise due to strict quarantine measures.

The star all-rounder’s absence opens the door for Tye or Curran to lock up the fourth and final international spot in Rajasthan’s starting XI.

The team’s campaign opener is on Tuesday night against Shane Watson and Josh Hazlewood’s Chennai Super Kings.

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