England vs Australia: Eoin Morgan expects hostile reception for Steve Smith, David Warner at Lord’s

first_imgThe mind games have already begun between England and Australia as they gear up for a blockbuster World Cup 2019 match at the Lord’s cricket ground on Tuesday. The game between the oldest rivals in the sport not just promises exciting cricket on the field but also some verbal volleys between players.Trust the English fans and the Barmy Army to give the Aussies a tough time when they take the field on Tuesday with Steve Smith and David Warner being their primary targets.Smith and Warner made a comeback to international cricket after a gap of a year as they served out their one-year ball-tampering bans handed out by Cricket Australia. The tainted duo came back into the national team and played their first match in the World Cup itself.Both Warner and Smith have since been subjected to boos and jeers whenever they took the field in Australia’s first few games before they came up against India at The Oval in London where Virat Kohli asked to crowd to stop booing Smith and start applauding the cricketer instead.Kohli’s message and the video of him telling the crowd to stop booing went viral and he was applauded for his gesture by the Aussies and the cricketing fraternity.But trust the hostilities to return when England host Australia in London. England captain Eoin Morgan has already made it very clear that he won’t do a Kohli and stop fans from having a go at Smith and Warner.”I’m not expecting anything. I think fans and supporters up and down the country will have different reactions, as they will around the world. So we’ll see. Supporters pay a lot of money, they do. And sport is beautiful in many ways, because it attracts people from far and wide.advertisement”And you often see crowds offering support to both sets of players in the grounds,” Morgan told reporters on Monday.Look out! Smith is on the charge… #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/MmB4scUET5cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 24, 2019″Just because two guys have been punished, served their punishment and returned to play, it doesn’t mean they will be accepted back into the cricket community straight away. It will take time,” Morgan added.England are in a tricky position in the points table after suffering their second defeat in the tournament against Sri Lanka in their last game. The hosts, who are touted as the favourites to lift the trophy on July 14, are in fourth position with 8 points from 6 games while the defending champions are second with 10 points from 6 matches.England quick Jofra Archer believes his time in the @BBL can help him when he takes on Australia’s batsmen at the World Cup on Tuesday. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nMb0gIa0socricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 24, 2019England’s chances of progressing are made significantly more difficult by the fact their three remaining games are against Australia, India and New Zealand, arguably their three biggest rivals for the title.To make matters worse for them, England will be without Jason Roy on Tuesday after he failed to recover from an hamstring injury. Roy, who smashed 153 against Bangladesh earlier in the tournament, was injured in the win over West Indies 10 days ago and has missed games against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.Also Read | Jos Buttler is the new Dhoni of world cricket, says Justin LangerAlso Read | ‘Strange’ for Australians asking fans not to boo Smith and Warner, says BairstowAlso Read | Jofra Archer and Steve Smith put friendship on hold for England-Australia clashlast_img

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