Warner, Smith braced for hostile reception in South Africa

Tanya Simon
February 17, 2020

Pat Cummins was on that fateful tour where then captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and opener Cameron Bancroft were banned by Cricket Australia as Bancroft was caught by cameras during the Cape Town Test match using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball.

Smith returned to the ranks of Australia for the final Ashes Test when Tim Paine's team retained the ballot box, while earlier this week Warner received the Allan Border Medal, which is awarded to Australia's best cricketer in 2019.

The batsmen are both in the Australian squad for three Twenty20s and three ODIs beginning February 21.

"I'm sure we'll cop a little bit from the fans but it's nothing we haven't copped before". Hopefully, we're showed some respect when we go over to Africa and the things that happen in the past stay there, ' added Warner.

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood said he had no concerns about how Warner and Smith would handle their reception.

"They probably play better when it's like this, probably try and take as much heat as they can and keep the younger guys out of the spotlight". It's nothing we haven't experienced before.

Langer said there had been plenty of talk about the culture of the Australian team following the 2018 tour.

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But they will be without explosive batting star Glenn Maxwell, who pulled out this week to have arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow.

Similarly hazardous batsman and wrist-spinner D'Arcy Short, who has actually been ignored for a year, has actually changed him in both formats. "Often when you do that, they end up being on your side after a couple of overs", he said. It will be two years after the highly controversial ball-tampering scandal happened which did irreparable damage to the image of Australian cricket and saw three of the Kangaroos' players being banned for variable amounts of time.

The PCB had already proposed Rawalpindi as the venue for the series to the CSA and was also expecting a security official from South Africa to visit Pakistan during the PSL tournament, starting next week.

Australia's 2018 tour of South Africa was tense on and off the field, and well before the tampering incident at Newlands.

South Africa is presently hosting Twenty20s at home against England.

The interim executive president of South Africa, Jacques Faul, urged local fans to respect Warner and Smith and not "embarrass, quot; the board with bad behavior".

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