Ben Dunk focused on finding his overseas form at the Melbourne Stars

Hubs are increasingly the norm for Dunk, who spent bubble time this year in both the Caribbean Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.

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“It’s been a pretty lonely year. I’ve spent a lot of time in quarantine and in hubs and that kind of thing,” Dunk said on Wednesday.

“But that’s my job and it’s a choice I’ve made to continue doing that. As anyone does, you have good days and bad days but you have to remind yourself that there’s a lot of people out there that are less fortunate. As sorry as I sometimes do feel for myself, you have to have a dose of perspective.”

And while he has been unable to regularly fire for the Stars, he isn’t counting the remainder of his deal as a write-off.

“I’ve actually performed really well in overseas leagues, but unfortunately my performances for the Stars haven’t quite reflected to the same degree they have overseas. But I’ve been in cricket a long time and know that if you stick at it, hopefully, those performances turn around,” he said.

Dunk was meanwhile singled out earlier this month for his decision not to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement while other players chose to do so. Reluctant to delve into his reasons for not doing so, Dunk said teammates had not criticised his choice.

“I don’t really want to go too deep into it. But I do believe there’s no place in sport or cricket or in our general public for racism,” Dunk said.

“We were encouraged to acknowledge the moment in our own way and I did that by taking my helmet off, or hat off, and bowing my head. But I certainly respect all of my peers on my own team and other teams and their right to take a knee if that’s what they want to do.

“[Teammates] were really good in terms of providing some education for me around some of the challenges people of colour and race go through every day. I’m clearly not one of those people, so I have no idea. I think what’s more important than the stance is the behaviours that you show. I’m confident that my behaviours are reflective of positive change in the community.”

Meanwhile, Tasmanian quick Sam Rainbird is likely to replace injured paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile who is set to miss three to four weeks with a calf injury.

Daniel is an Age sports reporter

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