“The crowd got personal” David Warner On Hostile New Zealand’s Crowd

Australia's David Warner is ready to face the hostile New Zealand crowd during the T20I series.

New Zealand and Australia are gearing up for a three-match T20I series going to happen in New Zealand, and that’s what made Australia’s batter David Warner go back to his last visit to New Zealand when he faced the hostile New Zealand’s crowd in 2016, and he is expecting the same this time as well when Australia will face the island neighbor in a three-match T20I series. David Warner said that New Zealand’s crowd made it personal by passing some “vulgar and derogatory” remarks during the test series, and he is not expecting a warm welcome this time as well, but he will focus on his game instead of caring about the crowd. 

Over here, it’s always the harsh reality that we’re neighbours, in sport we like to beat each other. From that perspective, we’re going to be expecting the crowd to come at us as hard as they come. As we always say, it’s in one ear, out the other – if I actually hear anything. It’s about coming out and trying to put my best foot forward, and score runs. The crowd, yeah, they got personal, but if they have to get personal, that’s their character. I just go about my business. But that’s upon each individual, if that’s what they feel like they have to do, then so be it. If you want to pay your money to come and abuse people, you have to go back and lay in your own bed,” 

David Warner said

David Warner bid farewell to test cricket during the test series against Pakistan. Simultaneously, he announced his retirement from the ODIs and limited himself to T20 cricket. His strong performance in the last T20I series against the West Indies earned him a place in the T20 series against New Zealand, and the opener has confirmed that he will be saying goodbye to the T20I format as well after the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to happen in June 2024. 

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