The veteran Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Starc has expressed that there will be “slightly altered guidelines” for Aussies as they will not be allowed to use sweat on the ball to shine it during the upcoming England tour for three ODIs and as many T20Is. Australia has become the fourth team to tour to England after the resumption of cricket in the country after West Indies, Ireland, and Pakistan.
As per the quotes in ESPNCricinfo, after reaching Ageas Bowl, Starc said, “There are slightly altered guidelines from what people may have seen from the previous England series here. You can’t use sweat from around the face, neck, or head and you obviously can’t use saliva.”
Announcing the interim changes in playing regulations in June, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had decided to ban the use of saliva on the cricket ball due to the concerns regarding the spread of novel coronavirus. However, there were no restrictions on the use of sweat and since the resumption of international cricket, the same has been followed.
Starc does not see the restriction as a “huge issue” in limited over cricket and they will be allowed to use sweat from certain places.
Mitchell Starc said, “No doubt we’ll find out what it’s like in the practice games and whether we need to revisit any planning around it. We haven’t been able to use sweat or saliva back in Australia so that was pretty simple. Slightly more lenient here with the bowler allowed to use sweat from certain places. It’s not a huge issue in white-ball cricket, I don’t think.”
Australia will play their first intra-squad warm-up match on Friday.