Australian stars Steve Smith, David Warner booed during England warm-up match

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 | 0

Steve Smith and David Warner were welcomed with boos and chants of ‘cheaters’ during Australia’s World Cup warm-up fixture against traditional rivals England on Saturday.

The duo made their comeback to the team earlier this month after serving a 12-month suspension for ball tampering. Fans, however, don’t seem to have spared them yet.

While walking on to the field after being put in to bat first, Australian opener Warner was labelled a “cheat” by one spectator, who asked him to “get off.”

Further, a fan was spotted dressed up as a cricket ball, holding a sandpaper in his hand.

Even Smith, while walking in, was booed by a section of crowd. It was him who had the last laugh though as he went on to smash a brilliant century.

Smashing eight fours and three sixes, Smith went on to amass 116 runs off 102 balls to power Australia to 297-9 in 50 overs.

In response, England – despite fifties from James Vince (64) and Jos Buttler (52) – kept losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually fall short of the target by 12 runs.

At the end of the contest, Smith played down the controversy, saying everyone’s entitled to their opinions.

“I’m pretty chilled, everyone’s entitled to their opinions and I’m just happy to be playing and trying to do a job for my team,” he was quoted as saying by NZ Herald.

“Fortunately I was able to contribute today with a few runs and hopefully I can take this form into the World Cup,” he added.

The World Cup is scheduled to commence on May 30.

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