Players are now banned from using saliva to shine cricket balls as part of the interim measures announced by the ICC earlier this year to help prevent the transmission of Covid-19.
That still left bowlers and fielders the option to use sweat to help shine the ball, helping it move off the seam and through the air.
Now, however, the Australian bowlers who are about to face England in a limited-over series find themselves facing a new series of restrictions.
CA (Cricket Australia) has issued new guidelines, banning them from using sweat from anywhere around the nose, neck, or head area in general. They admit that this is perhaps showing an extreme of caution but insist that it is based on sound medical advice.
Bowlers and fielders will now have the option of using sweat wither from their stomachs or their backs. The English players have not been given the same advice, but several of them already used sweat from their backs in the test series against Pakistan and the West Indies.
Fast bowlers do not believe this will have much of an impact in white ball cricket; it is much of an issue in test matches where players want to keep the shine on a new ball for as long as possible.
The Australia team arrived in England earlier this week and are busy preparing for the limited over series next month, which will see them play 3 T20Is, and then three ODIs.
Like all England’s games this summer, the matches will be spread between the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Old Trafford, Manchester, because they are the venues around which it has proved easiest to create a bio-secure bubble.
Once the two series are complete, players from both sides will fly to the UAE to join their IPL franchises.