David Warner and Steven Smith have contributed plenty to the victory of Australia in the game of cricket. But the 2018 incident of the ball-tampering scandal will forever overshadow their extraordinary batting feats. The same was witnessed during the ICC World Cup 2019 and Ashes as the spectators booed Smith and Warner for the mistake they committed in Cape Town.
Nearly two years before, Warner and Smith were banned by Cricket Australia (CA) for one-year each as they were involved in ball-tampering during the Cape Town Test in March 2018.
And now, on the same land, the two will be soon playing the bilateral series. Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa’s interim chief executive Jacques Faul has requested Proteas fans to “respect” Steve Smith and David Warner as the Australians return to the country for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal.
“I would plead with South African fans to respect our opponents and don’t go overboard with these things (referring to Smith and Warner),” Faul told The Herald.
“What happened last time the behavior was unfortunate. As much as we appreciate the support and you have to acknowledge the importance of people supporting these events I can only plead that people would treat players with respect.”
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Further, Faul also warned the fans that they might be evacuated from the stadium for their wrong behaviour.
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“Stupidity comes very naturally to certain people,” Faul said.
“If someone misbehaves it’s very tough. We have a very strict policy in terms of fan behaviour and we will evacuate people but the damage will have been done.
Smith and Warner flew to South Africa on Friday with the rest of Australia’s Twenty20 squad. South Africa and Australia will play three T20Is, starting on February 21 and three ODIs during the tour.