Star Australian opener David Warner felt “bizzare” taking part in in entrance of empty stands in the course of the first T20 Worldwide right here however he isn’t complaining because it was the primary time he was not “abused” by hostile English crowd. Warner was on the receiving finish of repeated crowd jeering in the course of the World Cup in England final 12 months following his function within the notorious ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. He obtained the identical remedy within the subsequent Ashes collection.
However there was none like that on Friday in the course of the first T20 match which Australia misplaced by two runs as there have been no followers current on the Ageas Bowl. It was Australia’s first aggressive match in practically six months.
“It was the primary time I have been right here (England) and never obtained abuse. It was fairly good!,” Warner mentioned after the match.
Requested if the T20I felt like a recreation between arch-rivals England and Australia with out followers in attendance, he mentioned, “From a crowd perspective, no. It was a bit weird.
“You get that up and going (from the gang). That is why we love taking part in house and away. There’s house benefit and away benefit,” the 38-year-old left-handed batsman mentioned.
“However we’re at all times up for worldwide cricket. We’re simply grateful to be again taking part in and need to take advantage of that.”
Warner mentioned there have been no excuses to supply for the defeat and his facet had been outplayed by England.
“In the direction of the tip they (England) bowled exceptionally nicely, they knocked us over fairly comprehensively,” mentioned Warner.
Speaking about Australia’s failed chase, he mentioned his facet couldn’t rotate strike and hit boundaries within the center overs. Chasing 163 for a win, Australia may solely rating 160 for six of their 20 overs.
“I believe we simply must attempt to be slightly bit smarter and work out how we’ll hit our boundaries,” he mentioned.
“We have now to attempt to hold rotating strike and hold discovering the boundary in these center overs.”
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