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'Good opportunity to recharge' - Langer staying positive amid coronavirus shutdown
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'Good opportunity to recharge' - Langer staying positive amid coronavirus shutdown

Australia coach Justin Langer has voiced the need to remain optimistic in the midst of the coronavirus emergency that has forced everyone to undergo self-isolation.

All sporting activities have come to a halt owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the globe including the disruption of the cricket calendar.

Australia's ODI series against New Zealand was cancelled following the first match while their proposed Test tour of Bangladesh in the summer hangs in uncertainty.

Additionally, the domestic Sheffield Shield has also been called off with table-toppers New South Wales declared winners despite not contesting the final.

Langer felt the absence of competitive sports might take a toll on players but this enforced break might provide them with an opportunity to rest.

"From a personal point of view, I'm trying to encourage our players to find some silver lining out of it," he told reporters from his home in Perth.

"What I mean by that is we're at the back end of our season, and if we can use it as effectively as possible to give ourselves a physical and mental break, it's very important.

"This is like nirvana in that we're home with our families, we sleep in our own beds, we eat home-cooked dinners and we can still work in one degree or another from home."

Langer called on his troops to remain committed to battling whatever challenges they face once the virus threat subsides and normalcy resumes.

The former opener said cricketers had an added responsibility to maintain a healthy fitness regime.

"It gives them a really good opportunity to recharge and we're looking at scenarios to make sure we'll be ready for whatever comes up."

"Guys have to take responsibility for staying healthy, staying fit, and working out how they will get the balance right between using the time for that and being healthy (mentally) with it."

"We know we can't sit on our hands, we don't know how long this will last for."