World Cup 2019: Warner, Smith ready for hostile crowds in England, says Langer

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Warner, Smith ready for hostile crowds in England, says LangerDavid Warner and Steve Smith will be returning to international cricket for the first time after the expiry of their ball-tampering bans at the World Cup.advertisement Reuters LondonMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 17:19 IST David Warner has been in fine form in the lead up to World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Langer says Smith and Warner could face crowd hostility in EnglandThe duo was banned for a year for involvement in ball-tamperingAustralia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1Australia’s returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the World Cup but can rely on their teammates to cope, coach Justin Langer has said.The pair have returned from year-long bans following a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and are expected to play vital roles in Australia’s title defence although they will not be in leadership positions.Langer is aware the crowd in England could target Smith and Warner in the May 30-July 14 tournament in England and Wales but said public anger will not be as intense as it was.”We can’t control the crowd. What I do know is… it might heat up but I can guarantee it won’t be any hotter than it was 12 months ago. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Langer told reporters in London.”The boys are well prepared. They’ve paid a heavy price and we’re expecting always to come here and to face the fire and we’re ready for that.”They’re human beings as well and… there’s not too many I’ve met who like being booed or heckled or disliked. We’re going to have to care for them, we’re going to have to put an arm around them and make sure they’re going okay.”Langer was happy with what he saw of the duo in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at home to a New Zealand XI this month, where Smith had unbeaten knocks of 89 and 91 while Warner managed a top score of 39.”I watched Steve batting… in those three practice games, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back,” Langer added.advertisement”Dave’s got that look on his eye, he’s really hungry, he’s a great player… he’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy, and that’s what we ask from our players.”Australia’s World Cup opener is against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh considering retirement, may seek BCCI permission to play private T20 leaguesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Steve SmithFollow World Cup 2019Follow Justin LangerFollow Australia national cricket teamlast_img read more