The much-awaited Test series between England and Australia will begin at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday(8th July). This will be the first bilateral series being played since the lockdown announcement in March which means after three months of halt the cricket is finally going to resume in England. The fans will be accepting to witness high-intense between the two sides during the three-match Test series.
As the series is being played amid the coronavirus pandemic, the two teams are following safety precautions to curb the spread of the virus. West Indies team had arrived in England on June 9 to follow the 14 days quarantine period during which they were kept under a bio-secure environment. England followed the quarantine period at Ageas Bowl while the visitors isolated themselves at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, some new rules have been introduced ahead of the series for the smooth running of the game amid the pandemic.
Here, we have mentioned five rules that have been included in the Test series for England vs West Indies:
After England’s request, the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a COVID-19 replacement option. Like the concussion substitute, the replacement will be allowed to bat and bowl in place of the infected player. Normally, the substitute is not allowed to bowl or bat as they are just used as the fielder.
However, now the situation is different, so there will be like for like replacement in the Test series. For that, the two teams have named their reserved players.