International cricket is all set to resume following the enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic in less than a week’s time as England will host West Indies in the 1st of a 3-Test series at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton from July 8. While cricket-hungry fans will get live-action back on the television screens, the sport is not going to be the same in the wake of the pandemic.
A first glimpse of what is in the store was on display during the opening day of the 3-day intra-squad practice match between Team Buttler and Team Stokes at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday. England fast bowler James Anderson got back into action straight away as he bowled the maximum number of overs for Team Stokes on Day 1 of the practice match. Anderson stole the show as he got the ball moving both ways and picked up 2 wickets while conceding at less than 3 runs per over.
While Anderson’s return to action was a major talking point, the way he celebrated wickets in the wake of the pandemic grabbed the spotlight. There were no hugs or high-fives as Anderson made sure there was proper physical distancing when he celebrated his wickets with his teammates. Anderson used his elbow to celebrate without touching his teammates at the Ageas Bowl. England’s leading wicket-taker was also spotted using hand sanitizer in between overs during the practice match.