The empty stands are being hated by most of the players, but Australia opener David Warner feels nice to have not been abused by the English crowd because of the game being played with no person in attendance. The Australian team is on England tour for a white-ball series and played their first T20I match yesterday losing by two runs. The matches are being played without the presence of the audience because of the global pandemic.
David Warner has been jeered by the English fans time and again, due to his involvement in the ball-tampering incident. He was abused by the fans in the World Cup 2019 in England and also in the Ashes which followed later that year.
“It was the first time I’ve been here and not got abuse. It was quite nice!” : David Warner
The 38-year-old Australian opener is delighted by not being abused playing in England in a long time. He said the empty stands are a bit bizarre but the home and away advantage have been scrapped due to the lack of audience. He also expressed gratitude to be able to play international cricket again, in this tough situation the world is going through.
“It was the first time I’ve been here (England) and not got abuse. It was quite nice!. “From a crowd perspective, it was a bit bizarre. You get that up and going (from the crowd). That’s why we love playing home and away. There’s home advantage and away advantage,”.
“But we’re always up for international cricket. We’re just grateful to be back playing and want to make the most of that.” Warner said in a press conference.
David Warner on Australia’s loss to England:
The Australian batsman said that there are no excuses to be there, as England outplayed them. He commended England’s execution with the ball which eventually stopped them from achieving a meagre target of 162 runs. Warner also mentioned the team needs to be a bit smarter about getting boundaries and rotating strikes.
“There’s no excuses there. I think the guys were outplayed to be honest. Well executed by England at the end and we just couldn’t get across the line,” said Warner.
“I think we just have to try to be a little bit smarter and work out how we’re going to hit our boundaries. We have to try to keep rotating strike and keep finding the boundary in those middle overs. he added
On Friday, Australia won the toss and chose to bowl. England had put up an easy target of 162 runs, which they could manage by an effort from Dawid Malan, who scored 66 of 43 balls and Jos Buttler’s 44 of 29. Australia had a good start with both openers Aaron Finch and David Warner scoring 46 and 58 respectively.
The middle-order of the Aussies was just not good enough to carry the team to the victory line as Australia were left short of 3 runs to victory in 20 overs.
The Australian team holds the number one spot in T20s in the world ranking, however, it was their first international match after the pandemic caused lockdown which may be a reason for their slack. England have been playing since July and this is their third series after the break.
The next match will be played tomorrow at the same ground in Southampton. England have a lead of 1-0 in the series which Australia would want to even in the next match