Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins feels lucky that cricket is not a contact sport at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar, not even sparing his own game.

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 5,000 lives.

“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 by

“We were pretty clear on making sure nothing really affected the integrity of how we actually played and not changing anything about how we normally go about the game.”

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 5,000 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.