The future of international cricket: Australian captain Tim Paine promises to adapt to life after COVID-19 – including a ban on ball shooting, travel and equipment sharing
- The International Cricket Council has flagged many legislative changes related to the coronavirus
- They include not sharing equipment and not using saliva to shine the ball
- Australian captain Tim Paine is confident that his teammates will adapt
- Paine said he ‘can’t wait to hop on a plane and play international cricket again’
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Australian cricket captain Tim Paine said his team will adapt to game changes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and supported his team to return to play in the near future if necessary.
CA’s nationally contracted players returned from leave this week, still not sure when their next game will be, as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is plotting a path through the pandemic.
The focus of Paine and Meg Lanning’s sides is currently on fitness work for the season, but they will be back in the nets soon as state teams train under strict guidelines.
A ban on using saliva to make the ball shine, which CA’s head of sports science Alex Kountouris suggested could potentially become a permanent part of the sport, is one of the coronavirus-related legislative changes the ICC has flagged.
CA’s guidelines, which will determine the return to training along with state and government restrictions, address that issue and much more.
Australian captain Tim Paine (photo with wife Bonnie) said he is confident that his teammates will adapt to coronavirus measures in cricket
Paine in the dressing room after a game with his wife Bonnie and two children Milla and Charlie
“It’s specific that no equipment is shared,” Kountouris told reporters.
‘It is specifically around the need to clean shared things (facilities).
“There will be mistakes at some point. I don’t think we’ve figured out how to deal with those mistakes.
“I imagine we’re going to use common sense and understand that people make mistakes and things won’t be perfect.”
Kountouris, who revealed that CA will be looking to disinfect the ball during games this summer, admitted some habits will be hard to break.
“Some people are used to licking their fingers before they get the ball, people are used to shining the ball,” he said.
“It’s going to be a steep learning curve … we have some work to do.”
Justin Langer’s team would normally be in Brisbane to prepare for a test tour of Bangladesh, but that trip has been delayed indefinitely.
Alex Kountouris, head of sports science at Cricket Australia, said the rules require a learning curve for players
Australia’s next series will likely be a limited tour of England in September, although that hasn’t ended yet.
Test skipper Paine is convinced that teammates will adapt to any kind of run-up, however short, prior to their comeback match.
“You won’t lose it in a month or two,” Paine said in a BBC Test Match Special podcast.
“The boys are ready to go reasonably fast if necessary.
“It’s more of a mental thing (than physical) … you play so much now, most guys are almost always ready.”
Paine admitted that a return to touring would likely evoke mixed feelings.
“There will be boys who may not want to go. There will be some guys who can’t wait to get back into it, ”he said.
“I can’t wait to hop on a plane and start playing international cricket again.”
Paine strikes behind stumps in Southampton, England, during a training session with Alex Carey