England skipper Eoin Morgan on Monday said that the crowd can do whatever they want in the team's match against Australia.
Morgan's remarks come as Australian players David Warner and Steve Smith have constantly been booed in England since the start of World Cup.
Morgan said spectators devote a lot of money and time to come and watch the matches, they have the right to do whatever they want. The England skipper believes that just because Warner and Smith served their punishment and are now back playing doesn't mean that the fans and the cricket watching community will accept them. It will take time added Morgan. He went on to say that fans across the globe react differently and said that Teams can’t control that.
Warner and Smith have received a hostile reception in England ever since their return from the ball-tampering scandal. Smith was being booed by the Indian fans as well during the India-Australia match in the World Cup and it was then that the skipper Virat Kohli decided to take the matter in his own hands. He especially asked the Indian contingent not to boo Smith.
Both Warner and Smith were suspended for a 12-month period by Cricket Australia following their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in 2018.
However, Australian skipper Aaron Finch said it doesn't matter if the crowd decides to boo Smith and Warner. He even said this might give extra incentive to the players to perform. He added that it just becomes white noise and all you care about is focusing on your game. After the victory against South Africa, even the Pakistan Skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed was asked how do fans reactions and criticism affect the players. Pakistan was getting a lot of flack vis a vis their fitness and performance after they lost against arch-rivals India in the ongoing World Cup. Ahmed had a different outlook and said that nasty remarks affect the players psychologically.
England sits at the fourth place in the World Cup standings with eight points from six matches. With the team's shocking loss at the hands of Sri Lanka, England finds itself in a spot of bother as they need to win two of the three remaining matches to ensure their place in the semi-finals contention.
England have not beaten Australia, India and New Zealand in the World Cup for the past 27 years.
(With inputs from ANI)