As expected, once again, the England crowd involved in the Ashes game with all the intensity. This time, the victims for the crowd is David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who received an unpleasant welcome on their Test return at Edgbaston when they both walked at Edgbaston for the 1st Ashes Test.
The first Ashes Test between England and Australia got underway at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham and it was the first time that the Aussie trio of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft took the field together, since the infamous ‘Sandpapergate’ controversy in South Africa.
David Warner scored 2 runs on his Test return:
As expected English fans gave a rude welcome to the trio, waving sandpaper as the players made their way to the field for the national anthem. There were banners as well that reminded the Aussies of what happened in Cape Town.
Soon after, they got an extra-reason to celebrate. The Australian opener David Warner was dismissed early in the first inning. Warner was adjudged LBW off the last ball of the fourth over by Stuart Broad for just 2 runs. And as the Australian opener walked off the ground, an entire section of the English fans at the Birmingham stadium stood up to wave sandpapers at him.
He was quickly followed by the fellow-opener Cameron Bancroft, who edged Stuart Broad to the English skipper Joe Root. Bancroft wasn’t an exception, as he also got a similar treatment from the crowd in the stadium.
YEEESSS @StuartBroad8!! GET IN!!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 1, 2019
It’s a sandpaper send off from the Hollies.
— Ploughmans CC (@PloughmansCC) August 1, 2019
Earlier, Bancroft was caught trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper during the third Test match against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. Warner and Smith were banned from international cricket for 12 months while Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban.
Coming to the match, it was Australia, who won the toss, elected to bat first. However, Englishmen got the initial advantage. They sent back the top three batsmen of Australia in a quick time. Despite that, the ex-skipper Steve Smith and Travis Head steadied the innings before taking lunch on Day 1.