Steve Smith and David Warner returned to international cricket to play against Afghanistan in the ongoing cricket World Cup after a 12-month ban that was imposed on them after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. However, not every fan welcomed them gracefully as some continued to boo them even as they helped defeat Afghanistan by 7 wickets.
Though Australian coach Justin Langer had requested fans to show Smith and Warner respect and not boo them during the World Cup, as the two had already paid the price for the mistake, that hardly discouraged fans from shaming the two players.
However, some fans went to the extent of even dressing up in sandpaper outfits to mock the two. "Omg. People are dressed as sandpaper hahah lol, I’m guessing to taunt Warner and Smith???," tweeted a user as they shared the picture that soon went viral on social media.
Murali Krishna (@muraliii) June 1, 2019
James Smeaton (@smeaton_james) June 2, 2019
See the two people on the middle balcony? They re watching David Warner dressed up as giant sheets of 3M sandpaper, rubbing a giant cardboard cricket ball against themselves. #CWC19 #AFGvAUS pic.twitter.com/01IBlk4xaQ
Sam Landsberger (@SamLandsberger) June 1, 2019
Henry Moeran (@henrymoeranBBC) June 1, 2019
Huge boos for Australia in general and Warner in particular at the cricket. Well done Bristol, keep these old traditions up. #warnerwatch
Martin Crowe: a study in beige (@magicdarts) June 1, 2019
Amidst the booing and mocking, Warner stood his ground and remained unbeaten at the crease on 89 along with Finch, who scored 66.