Smith, Warner have extra motivation after World Cup heckles – Finch

By Sports Desk June 24, 2019

Steve Smith and David Warner have been given extra motivation by the hostile receptions they have received from crowds during the Cricket World Cup, according to Aaron Finch.

Smith and Warner have been heckled on their first trip to England – who Australia face on Tuesday – since serving bans for their part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

England captain Eoin Morgan said on Friday he would have no problem with fans booing the duo in the crunch match at Lord's, while Jonny Bairstow labelled Justin Langer's pleas for people to show respect as "a bit strange" given Darren Lehmann urged crowds in Australia to make Stuart Broad "cry" six years ago.

And while there is sure to be no love lost between the sides, Finch believes Warner and Smith will take any jibes in their stride.

"I think whatever the public do, you're not going to change it, whether someone comes out and says do or don't," Finch told a news conference on Monday.

"I think it's just going to happen regardless, anyway. It hasn't affected our boys one bit, I can honestly say that if anything, it's given them a bit more motivation.

"As a player, you don't tend to hear a hell of a lot of stuff from the fans. You hear noise at times, but you don't hear specifics.

"So I'm sure that's the last thing on Steve or Davey's mind when they are walking out to bat; if a handful of people or a whole stadium are booing them, it doesn't make any difference to how hard they watch the ball or how hard they doubt themselves or anything like that. I think it's a bit of white noise to be fair."

Bairstow and Warner may be set to lock horns on Tuesday, though they struck up a good relationship in the Indian Premier League, with both batsmen playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 season.

"I think that's the great thing about domestic tournaments around the world is that you get an opportunity to play with guys you might have had perceptions on, just from playing against them," Finch added.

"I think that's opened up everyone's eyes to 99 percent of people that you play with are good blokes, regardless of what tournament it is or who you're playing for.

"But that's pretty easy to flick back into international mode, no doubt. It's a game representing your country. There's a lot of pride on the line. There's a couple of points in a World Cup, which is so tightly contested."

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