Australia braces itself for hostile reception in South Africa

Australia braces itself for hostile reception in South Africa

Australia opener David Warner is preparing himself for a hostile reception in South Africa. The last time the Ozzy team visited Mzansi they were embroiled in the infamous 'sandpapergate' ball-tampering scandal.

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During the Cape Town test 2 yeara ago, the controversial accusations of ball-tampering cost Warner and Steve Smith a 12-month suspension and Warner received a lifetime leadership ban.

Briefly.co.za learned that since then, the two players have salvaged their careers, with Warner winning the coveted Allan Border Medal, Austrialia's highest cricket honour, with Smith coming second.

Learned that last year, during the one-day World Cup and the ashes, the two players were booed by English crowds. The two players are expecting similar treatment in South Africa according to supersport.com.

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"For me personally, it won't be hard at all," Warner told Sydney radio station 2GB this week. "I just go there and I've got a job to do and that's to score runs and win games for Australia and put us in a good position."
But he added that "obviously, it's going to be very hostile".
"I copped it in England; I actually enjoyed that and played along with it.
"Hopefully, we're showed some respect when we go over to Africa and the things that happen in the past stay there."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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