International cricket resumed after 117 days and a little bit of rain break on Wednesday in Southampton as the first Test of the historic 3-match sequence between England and West Indies bought underway.
Cricket is again however in entrance of empty stands on the Ageas Bowl. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has come up with a number of new guidelines for the protected return of the game within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the a number of security measures is the ban on saliva, and the necessity to preserve social distancing on and off the sphere.
In the lead as much as the historic Test, quite a bit was spoken in regards to the want for gamers to get used to the brand new ICC guidelines amid the pandemic.
As it turned out, West Indies captain Jason Holder’s muscle reminiscence made him go for a handshake on the toss. England’s stand-in captain Ben Stokes was fast to grasp it as he clenched his fist.
The presenter on the toss instantly identified that Stokes and Holder cannot shake hands as a result of new social distancing guidelines. “Can’t do that Ben, social distancing and all that. Never mind, sanitise those hands,” the presenter stated.
Sanitise these hands, @benstokes38!
England’s captain wins the toss and chooses to bat in a new-look toss as Test cricket returns.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 8, 2020
Ben Stokes emerged profitable on the toss in his first Test as captain and despatched England to bat on an overcast afternoon in Southampton.
Stokes made some daring calls as England dropped veteran Stuart Broad, ending his run of 51 successive dwelling Tests. England went in with Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and James Anderson as their Three frontline pacers whereas Dom Bess was the one spinner.
On the opposite hand, West Indies opted for four frontline pacers and picked all-rounder Roston Chase as their solely spinner.
Stokes conceded it was a tricky choice to go away out Broad however England opted to go in with the additional tempo of Archer and Wood.
“Tough decision with Broad and Woakes. But we feel that we can have an extra dimension with the pace of Wood and Archer. To be fair, he (Broad) wished me very well on my big day. Very proud but my main focus is to get the win. Three lions on the chest, walking out to play for your country, no bigger motivation,” Stokes stated.