Sunday, 5 December 2021

Morgan won’t tell fans how to react to Smith, Warner

LONDON: England captain Eoin Morgan insists it is not his job to tell supporters how to react to shamed Australia stars David Warner and Steve Smith when the arch rivals meet in a crucial World Cup clash on Tuesday.

Warner and Smith have found themselves booed by some fans in England after returning to international cricket following year-long bans for ball-tampering.

Australia coach Justin Langer has called for the taunts to stop, with India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed telling their supporters to lay off the duo.

But, although the Australia clash is being played at Lord s — the home of cricket where crowds are traditionally polite — Morgan refused to issue a plea to respect Warner and Smith.

“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,” Morgan told reporters at Lord s on Monday.

“Supporters pay a lot of money, they do. And sport is beautiful in many ways, because it attracts people from far and wide.

“And you often see crowds offering support to both sets of players in the grounds.”

Morgan added: “You don t know how sports fans will react.

“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.”

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