David Warner had drawn a lot of boos and jeers from the England crowd after returning to international cricket following the ban for the ball-tampering scandal. But it only made him mentally stronger. It was, however, a different scenario for the fierce Australia opener this time around when his side took on England in the first T20I.
Warner, after Australia lost the series opener marginally, said that it was the first time he has not been abused in England and it was quite nice. “It was the first time I’ve been here (England) and not got abuse. It was quite nice!,” Warner said after the match.
Asked if the T20I felt like a game between arch-rivals England and Australia without fans in attendance, he said, “From a crowd perspective, no.
“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,” the 38-year-old left-handed batsman said.
“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 there were no excuses to offer for the defeat and his side were outplayed by England.
“Towards the end they (England) bowled exceptionally well, they knocked us over quite comprehensively,” said Warner.
David Warner, chief plotter of the ball-tampering scandal, took a hard punch to his face when the incident broke out at Newlands in South Africa. Warner was brought down to tears in the press conference he addressed on reaching his homeland and faced several criticism for his untoward act.
Warner was subsequently banned from the playing cricket for 12 months and serving as a captain of the side. On his return to cricket during the Ashes, he was targeted and jeered by the English fans, which he took with the pinch of salt. Warner was a bunny to Stuart Broad in the series but on being mocked by the fans he rather took it as a sport.