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Morgan Unconcerned about Fan Reactions to Warner and Smith

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Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:20 GMT

England captain Eoin Morgan is not worried about how fans react to shamed Australian stars David Warner and Steve Smith when the two sides meet in the World Cup clash on Tuesday, June 25th.

Warner and Smith have been booed by fans ever since returning from year-long bans after being found guilty of ball tampering during a test match against South Africa early last year.

AFP reported that Morgan said he is not concerned about the reception the two players get at Lord’s tomorrow. "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," he told reporters on June 24th.

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

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

Australia coach Justin Langer has previously pleaded for the taunts to stop. But England’s batsman, Jonny Bairstow, has accused the Aussies of hypocrisy, pointing out that former Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, asked fans to abuse England’s Stuart Broad during an Ashes test series in 2013.

Asked for his thoughts on Bairstow’s comments, Morgan said, "I don't have a view on it. I think every instance is different, every team is different.” "I believe that was a long time ago under a different regime. I don't know," he added.


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