Watch: Australian Players In Stitches As David Warner Forgets To Celebrate Fifty In Empty Stadium

The ongoing first ODI between India and Australia is being played behind closed doors and in front of empty stands in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The game started on an unfortunate note as Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has been quarantined and tested for COVID-19 after reporting a mild sore throat last night at the team hotel.

Coming to the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground, all the players are playing behind closed doors for the first time in their international career. And probably that was the reason why David Warner forgot to celebrate after reaching his fifty. The left-handed batsman reached his fifty with a single off the bowling of Ish Sodhi in the 19th over of the innings.

But with no fans around, no one applauded the fifty and it might have been the reason why David Warner was standing in a nonchalant manner at the non-striker’s end. The cameras then focused towards the Australian dressing room where the players were in split and started clapping before David Warner realised what happened and soon acknowledged his teammates’ gesture.

Here is a clip of that hilarious incident:

Meanwhile, David Warner and Aaron Finch gave Australia a solid start as both of them scored fifties and shared a century-plus stand. The two added 124 runs for the first wicket before New Zealand staged a brilliant fightback. At the time of writing this report, Australia were reeling at 231 for 6 in the 48th over. Marnus Labuschagne has crossed his fifty too and is waging a lone battle.

Australia are on a five-match losing streak in ODIs and will be desperate to get back to winning ways. New Zealand, on the other hand, recently whitewashed India in a three-match ODI series before arriving in Australia.

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