ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: People pay their dollars, if they want to boo us, they can, says Australia's David Warner

David Warner is the highest scorer at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with 500 runs from seven matches with highest individual score (166) also held by him.

Reuters, Jun 27, 2019 15:53:37 IST

London: David Warner says he’s living the dream playing for Australia at the World Cup and no amount of booing from England fans eager to remind him of his one-year ban for ball tampering is going to spoil his mood.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: People pay their dollars, if they want to boo us, they can, says Australias David Warner

Australia's David Warner celebrates his century against Bangladesh. AP

The left-handed batsman shared an opening stand of 123 with his captain Aaron Finch as the defending champions beat hosts and pre-tournament favourites England at Lord’s on Tuesday to book a place in the semi-finals.

It was Warner’s seventh match for Australia after returning from the ban for his part in the Newlands scandal and his innings of 53 runs took his tournament tally to 500 at an average of 83.33.

There were boos for Warner and his former captain Steve Smith when they took the field but the 32-year-old from the tough southeastern Sydney suburbs was not letting it bother him.

“At the end of the day. People have the right to come in here, they pay their dollars and if they want to boo us, they can,” Warner told reporters at Lord’s.

“As I said before, I thrive on that stuff, I love it. I went out to the corner there... and copped it.

“At the end of the day you have to smile — they pay their money to come and watch us and we are grateful for them to come and sit down and watch us.

“I always just smile. I take my glasses off and look everyone in the eye and just smile.

“That is what it’s about, I am living the dream, I am out here at Lord’s, playing cricket for my country.”

Warner said 12 months out of international cricket and returning to his Randwick-Petersham club had effected a change in his outlook on his sport.

“For me it is about enjoying the game,” he said. “When it is taken away from you, you realise what it is all about. Going back to grassroots was fantastic.

“I really saw smiles on people’s faces to be out there on a Saturday afternoon, all the volunteers that come down and put time and effort in, whether it is making the drinks, making the lunches.

“People’s parents, my mum, my dad coming down, it is just great. You can’t take that for granted. I am just grateful for the second opportunity to come back here and represent my country and do the country proud.

“You know I am just excited to be back here and playing World Cup cricket for Australia.”

Australia’s next match is back at Lord’s on Saturday against New Zealand, who they beat in the final to win the 2015 World Cup.

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Updated Date: Jun 27, 2019 15:53:37 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254