Australia’s players have been told to not use sweat from their head, face or neck to shine the ball during their upcoming white-ball campaign against England.
The International Cricket Council has already banned the use of saliva to maintain the ball during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has still been legal to take sweat from anywhere on the body and rub it on the ball for the international matches played in England over the past two months.
But in a further restriction on ball maintenance aimed at reducing any possible risk of the coronavirus being spread, Australia’s players have been told to not use sweat from their head, face or neck during their six white-ball matches against England next month.
It means the sight of an Australian player lifting his shirt and gathering sweat from his back or stomach will be a common occurrence in the three T20s and three one-dayers.
It’s believed the change is not an official ICC rule but based on medical advice from Cricket Australia to its players.