Having played in bio-secure conditions during the home series against West Indies, and now having to experience the same through her stint with Melbourne Stars in the hub, Brunt said that the prospect of playing behind closed doors in The Hundred due to the ongoing pandemic does not bother her. "I think some people feel that gets to you personally. But, from playing at Derby, I've come to realise it doesn't affect me and my game," Brunt told skysports.com. "You don't realise how much you are in the heat of the battle when you're playing cricket, even more so at this level."
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The 35-year-old also said that her experience of watching other sports like NFL, football, UFC has not changed despite the absence of fans in the stadium.
"I've seen how much hard work and money has gone in to put cricket on behind closed doors. At least we've got ways and means to do it safely, and we know we can be keeping people entertained," she said.
Brunt, who was retained by Trent Rockets for The Hundred competition alongside Stars teammate Elyse Villani, believes that international cricketers have become acclimatised to the quarantine requirements over the past few months.
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Echoing her teammate's sentiments, Villani added that it would not be a new experience for professionals who play elite sports.
"Yes, it's a pain, but we've all got to adjust, take it on the chin and realise that, if you want to play regular cricket at the top level, these are the things you're going to have to do," the Australian said. "As long as you're in the right place and you're looked after by the right people, times like that shouldn't be too hard. It should be one for the memory bank, one you can tell your kids in the future."
The 31-year-old, too, firmly believes that the first season of The Hundred would be a success irrespective of the crowd's presence. "When T20 cricket was first introduced, there was a bit of skepticism. But then, you look at how successful it's been," she said. "People love their sport, and obviously, they want to go and see it live. But, if they can't do that, the next best thing is to watch it on TV. If it is behind closed doors, you're creating a fanbase to get into the stadiums ready and raring to go for the season after that," Villani concluded.