ICC World Cup 2019: Moeen Ali Urges England Crowd to Go Easy at Steve Smith and David Warner
English all-rounder Moeen Ali has urged the England fans who will be witnessing the World Cup games from the stadium to not go very hard at the Australia duo of David Warner and Steve Smith. He said that the duo should be treated with respect and the fans should not make any personal remarks. However, there is no denying the fact that despite Moeen’s message, the England fans are expected to come hard at the duo.
Both the Australian premier batters will be returning to high voltage international cricketer after completing their one year ban for their role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal which took place in Cape Town, South Africa last year.
“I really hope they don’t get too much stick. I want them to enjoy the series. If you have to, keep it funny, not personal,” Moeen Ali was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“We all make mistakes. We are human beings and we have feelings. I know deep down they are probably really good people. I just hope they get treated decently. I just want the cricket to be spoken about,” he added.
Meanwhile, Australia head coach Justin Langer stated that Steve Smith and David Warner would require sensitive monitoring to ensure they remain in the best space over the coming two months.
“What we’ve got to understand is that they’re human beings as well. There’s not too many I’ve met in my life who like being booed or heckled or disliked so they’re human beings,” Langer had said.
David Warner looked in ominous touch during the recently concluded Indian Premier League. Despite playing just 12 matches, Warner finished as the leading run scorer of the tournament with 692 runs. Steve Smith was impressive as well for the Rajasthan Royals but was nowhere close to Warner. It will be interesting to see how they cope with the pressure in England.
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