Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc said that there will be “slightly altered guidelines” for the team as they will not be allowed to use sweat on the ball to shine it during their England tour. “There are slightly altered guidelines from what people may have seen from the previous England series here,” quoted Starc as saying after Australia had arrived at the Ageas Bowl.
“You can’t use sweat from around the face, neck or head and you obviously can’t use saliva,” he added.
Announcing the changes in playing regulations in June, the ICC had banned the use of the saliva on the ball due to the concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus. However there were no restrictions on the use of sweat since the resumption of international cricket, the same has been followed.
Starc does not see the restriction as a “huge issue” in white-ball cricket. “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,” he said. Australia will play their first intra-squad warm-up match on Friday.