No spectators during the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand at SCG
No spectators during the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand at SCG
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As the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand was played without spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground amidst coronavirus outbreak, the Kiwi side was seen bringing the ball back from the stands themselves.

Traditionally, when a ball is dispatched for a four or six, the crowd throws the ball back into the playing field, but as there were no spectators for the first ODI, New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson went into the stands himself to fetch the ball, that was hit by Australia skipper Aaron Finch.

Cricket.com.au's official handle tweeted a small clip of the incident and captioned the post as: "Good arm, Lockie".

In the match between Australia and New Zealand, the former won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts Australia got off to a steady start as both openers David Warner and Aaron Finch went past the half-century mark.

Before the start of the match, Australia was given a blow as Kane Richardson pulled out of the match. The pacer has been quarantined and tested for COVID-19 after reporting a sore throat.

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