Published: March 13, 2020 5:39:33 pm
Australia beat New Zealand by 71 runs within the first one-day worldwide in entrance of 48,000 empty seats at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday as precautions to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus hit residence Down Under.
Cricket Australia (CA) mentioned on Friday morning that no followers can be allowed into any of the three matches within the sequence, which continues at the SCG on Sunday earlier than shifting on to Hobart subsequent Friday.
In an environment harking back to a junior membership match, Australia scored 258 for seven earlier than dismissing New Zealand for 197 in 41 overs to snap a five-match losing streak.
The residence facet loved a gap stand of 124 between skipper Aaron Finch (60) and David Warner (67) earlier than the Black Caps stalled their cost within the center overs.
Marnus Labuschagne chipped in with 56 from 52 balls to get them shifting once more with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc smashing a few boundaries within the tail.
Martin Guptill hit 40 at the highest of the New Zealand order however the guests took their time to get going, lastly moving into their stride when Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Latham placed on 51 for the sixth wicket.
Josh Hazlewood broke that partnership by having Latham caught within the deep for 38 and when de Grandhomme departed for 25 in comparable vogue off spinner Adam Zampa, the New Zealanders have been in a deep gap at 160-7.
With no followers, gamers had to bounce into the stands to retrieve the ball after sixes and there have been no handshakes at the tip of the match beneath new well being protocols.
The Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne was scrapped due to the coronavirus on Friday and Prime Minister Scott Morrison later urged folks to keep away from gathering in teams of greater than 500 — a transfer which has apparent implications for spectator sport.
There was one bit of fine information, nonetheless, with Australia paceman Kane Richardson, who was quarantined after reporting a gentle sore throat on Thursday, returning to the SCG to rejoin his workforce mates after being cleared of carrying the coronavirus.
CA additionally suspended a tour of South Africa by Australia’s girls’s workforce “until further notice” and mentioned they might be reviewing the three-match Twenty20 tour of New Zealand by their males’s workforce scheduled for later this month.
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