World Cup 2019: Steve Smith booed during partnership with David Warner

first_imgSteve Smith was booed when he walked out to bat for Australia durng their opening World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan in Bristol on Saturday. Smith was Australia captain during the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Incidentally, David Warner, who along with Smith was banned for a year after admitting to tampering with the ball, was batting at the other end. The moment Smith faced up to Hamid Hassan, the crowd booed the former Australian captain.Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for 12 months while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months in one of the biggest scandals in modern-day cricket.Both Warner and Smith were welcomed warmly in India during the Indian Premier League. Warner in fact went on to score 692 runs from 12 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad and he won the Orange Cap.Steve Smith replaced Ajinkya Rahane as captain of Rajasthan Royals midway into the 2019 IPL..But it has been a different story in England so far.According to an Australian journalist, David Warner was booed by a certain section at the ground – later, he was seen signing autographs. Steve Smith, who was booed during a warm-up match earlier in the tournament, did not seem to be the crowd favourite on Saturday.David Warner, meanwhile, hit a half-century and shared a 96-run stand with Australian skipper Aaron Finch.Australian coach Justin Langer had earlier said he knew what to expect in England but hoped crowds around the country would show more respect to Smith and Warner during the World Cup.advertisementYou know you feel for them personally. They are going to have to have thick skin. We have talked about earning respect. I think it is really important that people show some respect as well. Because they are humans, they are really good cricketers. They made a mistake. They have paid the price for it. Big price actually. I feel for them as people more than anything else, Langer had told ESPNcricinfo.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli hurts his thumb during training sessionAlso Watch:last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios: ‘I wasn’t as scared of Rafa and Roger as I was Andy Murray’

first_img Read more Share on Messenger Read more Australian Open When I played him the first couple of times, I just felt so young on the court. I almost was beaten before I went out there. When I played Roger [Federer], when I played Rafa [Nadal], I wasn’t as scared of those guys as I was of Andy. I knew that his game was a lot tougher for a guy like me to play, I knew he was going to make a lot of balls, so I felt so young when I played him the first couple of times. I didn’t really believe in my physicality.I knew that I couldn’t play long rallies with him and I knew I couldn’t last against him. I would have loved to have played him when he was in his prime as I am now, it would maybe have been a much more competitive match.I’m not saying I would have won. To get one win over him [in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club last summer] was good and I beat him [in 2016] at the Hopman Cup [the mixed team event in Perth] – I know that’s not an official event – but I did play well there.I always tell him, I look at [Novak] Djokovic, I look at how many grand slams he has won and the results he has had and I’m just thinking … I always tell him: ‘Dude, you’re so much better than Djokovic, you should have a way better career.’ I give him shit about it all the time. I’m always telling him that, you’re a tough player to play against. But he definitely had my number on the court. Andy Murray Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest The Observer He played while three of the greatest of all-time played [Federer, Nadal and Djokovic], which is never easy, and guys like Stan [Wawrinka] in grand slams always step up to the plate. But Andy got the most out of his career, he ticked all the boxes, he did everything to the absolute T, so it’s misfortune for him that his body kind of let him down. But he’s not going to regret anything that he did.It would have been cool to play doubles with him once. I’m not sure where it could be and singles is a priority for him but you never know.Who knows, maybe it could happen at Wimbledon. Fingers crossed, if his body stays good, I would love to play doubles with him there. I’ve never played doubles at Wimbledon before and I think it would be cool. Topics Australian Open 2019 Share on LinkedIn Share via Emailcenter_img Australia sport Share on Twitter Nick Kyrgios The first time I met Andy was when he just absolutely destroyed me in Toronto [in the Masters 1000 event there in 2014]. I lost 2 and 2, I got destroyed. Ever since then we’ve been messaging and hanging out a bit. It seems like forever that I’ve known him, I feel like I’ve known him for a long time, but that was the first time I met him, on the court.We just had a lot of banter between each other. There would be times in the locker room that we would be saying the most outrageous things and there would be about 20 people in the locker room just listening to us go back and forth for about half an hour. We knew when we were together it was going to be a lot of fun and a lot of banter and some good vibes. He’s hilarious, he’s so funny. comment Share on Facebook Reuse this content How the ‘boring whinger’ Andy Murray won over middle England … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. His tennis gets enough recognition. He was an unbelievable player. He was one of the toughest people I ever played against. But I don’t think he gets enough credit for how he was off the court, just as a normal person. He was so humble, he was so down to earth, he just loved to have some fun, he loved to have a good time.I genuinely got excited to be at the courts and maybe see him during the day and have some lunch with him and just catch up. He made your day better.He took me under his wing when I was young, but then when he knew that I was kind of a free spirit, doing whatever I want to do, it just became more of a friendly-type relationship. When we were together, we never talked about tennis. There was just so much shit-talking and banter, it was so good.Everyone knew that when we were together it was just good vibes, everyone knew that it was so laid‑back. It was so easy to be around him. It was awesome and I’m going to miss him a lot. Share on WhatsApp The growing pains of Andy Murray have lasted for most of his career Tennislast_img read more