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Sydney Sixers star and WA product Josh Philippe grateful despite eight months away from home

While home is said to be where the heart is, for WA cricket star Josh Philippe ‘form’ has been wherever he’s found himself across the world this last year.

The 23-year-old’s last visit to Perth was in August 2020, but an impressive BBL season with the Sydney Sixers, including a team of the tournament nod, saw a Australian T20 squad selection which inadvertently extends the youngster’s time on the road to potentially eight months.

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Philippe has been a cricket ‘bubble-boy’ since August, selected for the Aussie squad to face England before heading straight to the Indian Premier League with side Bangalore, on route to a two-week quarantine in Sydney before joining his Sixers’ teammates. 

COVID-19 bubbles and isolation protocols have followed the youngster wherever he’s gone, but Philippe is just grateful to be able to still play cricket.

“It’s certainly had its challenging moments but at the end of the day you’ve got to look at with some sort of perspective,” Philippe told the Fast and the Curious podcast.

“There’s a global pandemic going on, we’re still flying around the country playing the game we love.

Josh Philippe of the Sixers bats during the Big Bash League (BBL) cricket match between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval.
Camera IconJosh Philippe of the Sixers bats during the Big Bash League (BBL) cricket match between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

“That’s our job and we get paid well enough to do it so there’s a bit of perspective there. Also the support from the Sixers family we have here.

“We have a great General Manager, coach and players around, we’ve been getting around each other and making sure everyone’s all good as well. That’s all helped.”

The 18-man T20 squad to tour New Zealand includes nine WACA products, including Philippe and six Scorchers.

The Sydney wicketkeeper has scored the second most runs out of any batsman in the BBL10 regular season and his top-of-the-table Sixers will line up against the Scorchers in Saturday’s ‘Eliminator’final.

The toll from travel hasn’t impacted on-field performances, something not lost on Australian fast bowling legend Mitchell Johnson.

“I think it’s good for the listeners to hear that,” Johnson replied.

“Because yes you’re making a huge sacrifice, yes there’s the global pandemic going on and we all understand that but I think it’s good to hear it from a player as well that it’s not easy, but you’re out there playing the sport you love and just taking it all on board, taking each moment as it comes.

“Well done to you.”

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