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Alex Hales out of Indian Premier League due to bubble fatigue

Alex Hales has spent the past four months in bio-bubbles and has now decided to protect his mental wellbeing by pulling out of playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League

Alex Hales, Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League (AP Newsroom)
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Alex Hales has withdrawn from his Indian Premier League stint with Kolkata Knight Riders due to bubble fatigue.

The 33-year-old has spent the past four months overseas in restrictive bio-bubbles, in the Big Bash and Pakistan Super League, and has decided to protect his mental wellbeing.

Hales tested positive for Covid-19 in Australia and withdrew from the PSL before later re-joining the tournament.

He will now spend time at home to recover and prepare for the English domestic season.

"Having spent the last four months away from home in restrictive bio bubbles and having tested positive for Covid myself in Australia, I don't feel as though I can commit myself to another extended period within a secure environment," said Hales.

"It wouldn't be fair on the team or myself if I wasn't able to perform to the level expected of me as a result of ongoing bubble fatigue.

"I am truly gutted to have to turn down one of the best opportunities of my career due to the toll that the last two years of bubble life has taken on my mental wellbeing. I'll now take some time to rest and recharge ahead of the summer."

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