& # 39; They made a mistake and paid a high price for it & # 39 ;: Australia coach Justin Langer calls on fans to show respect for David Warner and Steve Smith as a couple return from forbidden making balls
- David Warner and Steve Smith were booed after the return of the ban on tampering with balls
- Australian coach Justin Langer called on the fans not to mock players during the World Cup
- Australia starts the tournament against Bangladesh in Bristol on Saturday
Head coach Justin Langer from Australia has called on fans to show respect to Steve Smith and David Warner in the World Cup and not to spot them.
The pair was greeted icily in the Ageas Bowl during Australia's warm-up victory on Saturday against England, their first appearance against the English since the end of their annual subscription to mess with the ball.
To no great surprise, audible booing, ridicule, and vocals from & # 39; cheat & # 39; but Langer advised supporters not to repeat this behavior during the tournament itself.
Steve Smith (left) and David Warner return for Australia to ban buns
& # 39; You (the media) are talking about earning respect, and I think it is very important that people also show respect & # 39 ;, Langer said for the five-fold World Cup opening ceremony against Bangladesh in Bristol on Saturday.
& # 39; They made a mistake and paid a high price for it. After the experience with Hampshire, we have a fairly good idea of what to expect. We have talked a lot about it and we can implement strategies.
& # 39; That said, if it happens, it doesn't make it easier. They are human beings, that's the truth – and that's the hardest thing for me.
& # 39; I am a father and much of the time the kids see it. You feel for them personally and they will have thick skins.
& # 39; But I would be disappointed if a player is booed on a cricket field, regardless of the country they are playing for. It never looks good when that happens. & # 39;
Australia coach Justin Langer urged supporters not to boo his players for their actions
Langer confirmed that Warner would open the battle against Bangladesh if he passed a fitness test.
But the 32-year-old is suffering from a sore glute that has limited his movement in the field during practice sessions.
& # 39; Davy & # 39; s batting seems fine, & # 39; said Langer. & # 39; He runs OK in straight lines, but runs from left to right and gets a little sore.
& # 39; He is desperate to play, jump out of his skin and his energy has run out. But we have to make sure that we don't make it worse in a long tournament.
& # 39; If he doesn't make it, Shaun (Marsh) and Usman (Khawaja) both play. If he does, we have to make a choice between Shaun and Usman, and that is really a difficult decision. & # 39;
Warner is fighting a quad injury and will undergo a fitness test before being confronted in Bangladesh
The Australian came to the County Ground in Bristol on Thursday-evening, just as England played a 104-run win over South Africa in the opening game of the tournament.
& # 39; They are a very good cricket team and they have issued a statement & # 39 ;, said Langer, who had watched much of the action on television.
& # 39; People said: can they still play so aggressively in the World Cup? & # 39; They just did it against South Africa, but then they showed that they have been the best team for a long time.
& # 39; I said that recently and people said: & # 39; Longer plays the brain games & # 39 ;. I am not. I'm just telling the truth.
& # 39; That is a very strong start for them in the World Cup and I am sure they are a hare. & # 39;
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