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“No, we’ll keep shaking hands… there’s plenty of hand sanitiser in the Australian kits,” Australia head coach Justin Langer told cricket.com.au “I’m sure we’ll just keep shaking hands and move on from that.” Also Read - Maharashtra Couple Exchanges Wedding Vows Through Video Call Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
England Test captain Joe Root had last week said his team will take precautions on their tour of Sri Lanka avoiding handshakes and sticking to fist bump.
“We are not shaking hands with each other, using instead the well-established fist bump, and we are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we’ve been given in our immunity packs,” Rood had said.
Australia have returned from their tour of South Africa where they won T20I series 2-1 before being blanked 3-0 in the ODI series. They will host New Zealand for three ODIs starting March 13.
Langer admitted that some of his cricketers are tired who have been playing all the three formats without break since the ODI World Cup last year.
“The truth is we’ve got some weary boys at the moment, particularly our senior players,” he said. “They play so much cricket and you think about what they’ve done… since we started the World Cup. They’re mentally tough guys but it’s a real challenge for us.”