Morgan says he will not urge fans to support Warner and Smith
England captain Eoin Morgan said he does not expect fans to fully support or heckle Australia batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith. Warner and Smith made their first international appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after their suspension in 2018 because of their sandpaper gate scandal.
“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,” said Morgan in an interview 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,” continued Morgan.
“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,” added Morgan.
When the English batsman was asked about their upcoming match against arch-rival Australia, he said that the result of the match did not matter in their World Cup campaign.
“It’s not (a) must-win yet. We don’t need to win every game to get to the semi-final,” stated Morgan.
England will play against Australia today at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The home team currently have -130 odds to win the game while Australia have +110 odds.
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