The ongoing Ashes series has already grabbed the eyeballs of cricket fans all around the world, with the first match of the rivalry has seen it all- from the collapse of the England batting to Steve Smith's resurrecting innings for Australia to Rory Burns' delightful and gritty ton to jeering crowds waving sandpapers at David Warner and Steve Smith.
An iconic photo emerged from the match, a one in which opener David Warner replies to the crowd waving sandpaper at him. The opener was fielding near the boundary line at the Hollies stand as the crowd started to boo at him and wave sandpapers at him, asking him if he had sandpapers in his pocket, attempting to provoke the Australian opener. Warner's reply to the crowds was a priceless one as he simply tucked out his empty pockets and turned back and laughed at the English crowd. Ironically, this gesture from Warner earned him cheers from the stands as the English supporters clapped and hooted at Warner. Earlier in the game, Bancroft was also greeted with sandpapers waved at him by the hostile crowd. Steve Smith silenced the hostile crowd with a deafening ton that saw Australia make a comeback after a disastrous top-order collapse.
Netizens were all praise for the manner with which Warner dealt with the sledging from the English crowd. They cheered for Warner and some fans were even left in peals of laughter. Read some of the reactions here: