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“We’re lucky in cricket that it’s not a contact sport, you can try and avoid getting too close to each other so no one really changed too much,” Cummins was quoted as saying in cricket.au.com. Also Read - After India, Tablighi Jamaat Causes Surge in COVID-19 Cases in Pakistan Too
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Australia and New Zealand played the first ODI of the three-match series in an empty stadium on Friday amid the outbreak which has so far claimed over 5000 lives.
Australia beat New Zealand by 71 runs in the opening ODI on Friday before the second and third matches were postponed owing to the affliction that has claimed over 5000 deaths so far while infecting more than 1,30,000 people across the world.
The three T20 Internationals between the two teams in New Zealand were also postponed as the Black Caps returned home.
Cummins is due to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).