South Africa vs Australia: David Warner not concerned about 'Sandpapergate' taunts, but asks Proteas fans to not cross the line

Australia opening batsman David Warner has called on South African supporters to show respect ahead of the three-match Twenty20 International series starting in Johannesburg on Friday.

Reuters, Feb 20, 2020 21:49:44 IST

Johannesburg: Australia opening batsman David Warner has called on South African supporters to show respect ahead of the three-match Twenty20 International series starting in Johannesburg on Friday.

Warner was painted as the villain of the piece during the “Sandpapergate” scandal in March 2018, in which he was accused of trying to alter the condition of the ball during a Test match along with his captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft.

South Africa vs Australia: David Warner not concerned about Sandpapergate taunts, but asks Proteas fans to not cross the line

David Warner said his focus would be on the game in the South Africa tour, and not on the spectators. AP

He was handed a one-year suspension by Cricket Australia, but the incident followed goading from South African fans that Warner felt crossed the line of decency.

After a bust-up in the first Test between the Australian and South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, some home fans wore masks of Sonny Bill Williams’s face in the next Test.

It was a reference to the fact that Warner’s wife had previously been involved in a relationship with the New Zealand rugby player.

“I’m not concerned about it, but at the end of the day you have to have some form of respect as well,” Warner told reporters on Thursday.

“It was poor, but for me it is about moving forward. If people want to go to the game and carry on like that, then it is on themselves, they have to look at themselves in the mirror.

“At the end of the day they are representing their country as spectators watching a game of cricket. I am sure they don’t want teams leaving here and criticising the way their fans are acting.

“I know what is going to get thrown at me, I always do wherever I am playing in the world. It is nothing I haven’t heard before.”

Opening batsman Warner says he is easily able to switch off while playing, especially with the hurly-burly nature of T20.

“If you are batting you are just ingrained in what is ahead of you and if I am fielding it is about watching the captain and making sure I am staying focused, and I always do,” he said.

Warner echoed the sentiments of Smith this week when he said Australia’s reception in South Africa, so far, had been very friendly.

“Every single person we have come across that has asked for a photo, or that we have come in contact with, have nothing but great words to say in welcoming us to the country,” he said.

The second match in the Twenty20 series is in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, before the finale at Cape Town on Wednesday. The sides then play three one-day internationals.

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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2020 21:49:44 IST


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Chennai
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2
Delhi
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3
Kolkata
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4
Punjab
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5
Mumbai
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6
Bangalore
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Rajasthan
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Hyderabad
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3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245