back icon
safari
05 Sep 2020 | 06:48 AM
authorPTI
First time I have not been abused by English crowd, it's nice: Warner
The 33-year-old was at the receiving end of repeated crowd jeering during the World Cup in England last year following his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal

Star Australian opener David Warner felt "bizzare" playing in front of empty stands during the first T20 International but he is not complaining as it was the first time he was not "abused" by hostile English crowd.

Warner was at the receiving end of repeated crowd jeering during the World Cup in England last year following his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. He got the same treatment in the subsequent Ashes series.

But there was none like that on Friday during the first T20 match which Australia lost by two runs as there were no fans present at the Ageas Bowl. It was Australia's first competitive match in nearly six months.

"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. It was a bit bizarre.

"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 33-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.

Talking about Australia's failed chase, he said his side could not rotate strike and hit boundaries in the middle overs. Chasing 163 for a win, Australia could only score 160 for 6 in their 20 overs.

"I think we just have to try to be a little bit smarter and work out how we're going to hit our boundaries," he said.

"We have to try to keep rotating strike and keep finding the boundary in those middle overs."

Share
Tags
David Andrew WarnerAustraliaEnglandAustralia tour of England, 2020England vs Australia - 1st T20I - Australia in England, 3 T20I Series, 2020
Related Articles
NEWS
Warner confident of winning final three games to keep playoff hopes alive
SRH will face DC, RCB and MI in their next three IPL 2020 matches
PTI
25 Oct 2020
NEWS
We could have tried to hit more boundaries in the middle period: Warner
The dashing Australian opener said SRH were 20-30 runs short against KKR
PTI
27 Sep 2020
REPORT
England stifle Australia with a memorable performance
Finch and Warner's 98-run opening wicket stand goes in vain
Pramod Ananth
04 Sep 2020
NEWS
Aaron Finch will miss English crowd 'banter'
Finch's men have already arrived in England for three Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals against their arch-rivals from September 4-16
AFP
26 Aug 2020
NEWS
Don't 'poke the bear' - Warner says Aussies shouldn't sledge Kohli
Warner, a lynchpin of Australia's batting attack, said he is looking forward to the confrontation but that he will steer clear of taunting India's captain
AFP
23 Jun 2020
NEWS
Run-machine Warner ''so grateful'' for World Cup chance
Warner continued his great run by scoring 166 against Bangladesh
AFP
21 Jun 2019
NEWS
My wife driving force behind my Australia return: Warner
The opener made 107, his first hundred in Australia colours since an Ashes century against England during the 2017 Boxing Day Test
AFP
13 Jun 2019
NEWS
Finch hopeful Smith, Warner will restore their 'world class' credentials
Both players are back in the Australia squad for the World Cup and are set to start their country’s first match of the tournament against Afghanistan in Bristol on Saturday.
AFP
01 Jun 2019
NEWS
Things put in place to protect Smith, Warner during World Cup, says Finch
Steven Smith and fellow star batsman David Warner only returned to international duty earlier this month.
AFP
24 May 2019
NEWS
Warner predicts high-scoring World Cup
Aussie looks to use IPL form to boost him ahead of quadrennial event
AFP
30 Apr 2019
Cricket like never before
Term of use
Privacy Policy
Cookies Policy
Follow us on
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved