No high-fives, no hugs, no wild head rubs, with ICC laying new field regulations keeping the pandemic outburst in mind, here’s a little glimpse of the ‘new normal’ celebrations given by England’s James Anderson.
In an internal practice session between Team Stokes and Team Buttler on Wednesday, the veteran player James Anderson returned to the field for the first time since suffering from an injury in New Zealand, was seen celebrating with elbow dabs with the teammates.
Cricket is back and @jimmy9 is taking wickets! 💪
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 1, 2020
Elbow dabs have been quite a norm in football ever since the action began after two months of a total sports shut down. If there was any doubt about how the cricketers will celebrate victories, Anderson and team have come up with a quick solution that looks cool too.
The Test series between England and West Indies marks the return of international cricket, after nearly three months.
The right-arm bowler took it to Twitter and posted a video with showing the new way to celebrate on field, adhering to the ICC’s guidelines. Anderson tapped elbow with Joe Denly and even with the wicket-keeper Ben Foakes, who raised his hand for a customary high-five, out of habit.
James Anderson, who is representing Team Stokes in the practice match, bowled 18 overs, retuning with figures of two wickets for 49. He was also seen using hand sanitiser multiple times during the day. Team Buttler ended the day with 287-5 with James Bracey and Dan Lawrence scoring impressive half-centuries.
The Ben Stokes-led England side will take on West Indies in the first of the three Tests starting from July 8 at Southampton. This will be first Test in which the new rules will come into play the most talked about one the ban of usage of saliva to shine the cricket ball to minimise the threat of spreading the virus.
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