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Cricket Australia has banned the use of flamethrowers used to signal boundaries after a close call in the first T20 international between Australia and South Africa on Wednesday.
Australian captain Aaron Finch came within a metre of a pyrotechnic display as he went to collect the ball from over the Adelaide Oval boundary line.
Finch initially hesitated to collect the ball in the knowledge that flames are shot to celebrate boundaries.
After feeling it was safe to approach, a flame emerged as he neared the ball.
Cricket Australia general manager Mike McKenna said player safety had to be priority.
“We were very concerned by what took place at the Adelaide Oval and as a result we’re now reviewing the operating and safety protocols of the flame units,” he said in a statement.
“Until such time as we’re satisfied that there won’t be a repeat incident, we will not be using flame units as part of any match presentation.
“The way that we present our events and the experience we create for our fans is really important, and we will continue to explore innovative ways of doing this, particularly for international and domestic Twenty 20 matches.”