Australia head coach Justin Langer believes his crew had a great “dress rehearsal for South Africa” once they performed in opposition to England in their very own yard final yr.
Australia could be enjoying their first-ever recreation in South Africa on Friday because the notorious 2018 Sandpaper Gate controversy which noticed Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft being suspended by Cricket Australia.
During the 2019 World Cup and the following Ashes in England, each Warner and Smith obtained hostile reception from the followers and have been handled to lot of jeering.
“There was a brilliant reintegration back into the team, before they came back into the team 12 months ago or whatever it was — eight months ago. There was a lot of really good work done there, and we’ve had a great dress rehearsal for South Africa from England,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Langer as saying.
“That was a tough tour for those two guys and I was really proud of the way they let their bats do the talking and again, they have been great ambassadors off the field. So hopefully they’ll be looking forward to getting back here and playing great cricket as well,” he added.
Meanwhile, Australia restricted-overs skipper Aaron Finch believes the duo of Smith and Warner would use the hostile reception from the followers as a motivation to carry out properly in opposition to the Proteas.
“South African fans are very passionate. Regardless of whether you’re playing in Australia or over here or even in ICC tournaments, the crowds are very vocal,” Finch stated.
“Our guys are expecting that and David loves that banter coming from the crowd. It gets him into the game. Regardless of what I think, the crowds are going to act however they please — I don’t think it’s going to make much difference to us. We are going to play cricket with a smile on our face, and represent Australia very proudly,” he added.
South Africa and Australia will play three T20Is and as many ODIs.