England Fans Mock Australian Team Following Their Return to International Cricket After Ball-Tampering Saga

Published - 14 Jun 2018, 01:52 AM | Updated - 10 Jan 2019, 12:35 AM

The England fans gave a very tough time to the visiting Australian side during the 1st ODI at the Kennington Oval in London. They came prepared with sandpapers to welcome the Aussies and also give an unfamiliar reminder of the infamous ball-tampering scandal which took place at the Newlands in Cape Town a couple of months back.

The situation has severely dented the morale of the Australians and also their reputation. It was suspended opener Cameron Bancroft who tried to tamper with the ball with a sandpaper which led to his suspension for 9 months. Ex-captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner were handed one-year suspensions being the mastermind of the plan. It was learnt that a plan was hatched by the trio to tamper with the ball and Bancroft being the inexperienced player was handed over the job carry out the heinous task.

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Tim Paine was appointed the skipper of the team following the suspension of Smith. He led them to the field during the 1st ODI against the English side which is a start to the 5 match ODI series. The captain had predicted earlier that the crowd will be unruly at times and they have to cope with them all. England fans will look to have a great time mocking the Aussies.

England supporters were carrying sandpaper

Supporters who were present in the ground was seen carrying and distributing sandpaper. Signs of 4 and 6 were marked to celebrate and make a mockery of the visitors. The England Australia rivalry has been one of the most intense clashes of all time and it is regarded as a huge event in the calendar year. The Australian side is devoid of most of their top players. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins is not part of the squad either.

Australia batted pretty poorly and scored only 214. They were bundled out within the 47th over. Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett bagged 3 wickets and were the pick of the English bowlers.

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