CWC 2019: India vs Australia, 'cracker of a match' tomorrow

Border who captained Australia to World Cup glory in 1987 said the team had room for improvement and would have a clearer idea of their chances after facing 2011 champions India. ─ Wikimedia Commons

CWC 2019: India vs Australia, 'cracker of a match' tomorrow

Smith and David Warner were banned for a year for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during a Test match against South Africa last year.

Smith was booed by the crowd when he smashed a century during the warm-up match against England. Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith.

Smith was fielding on the boundary during India's innings - and was the subject of 'Cheater!' taunts from spectators.

Virat Kohli has sledged Indian fans over their "unacceptable" treatment of Steve Smith with the rival captain pleading for World Cup crowds to treat the maligned batsman with respect. Novelist Jeffrey Archer and the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger were seen enjoying a good contest.

"I think after about six games we'll be in a better position to know where we stand in the tournament, where we stand in the table, but we couldn't have asked for a better start against two strong sides".

"So I just felt for him, and I told him, "I'm sorry on behalf of the crowd", because I've seen that happen in a few earlier games as well and in my opinion that's not acceptable". The Indian skipper also did the same when Smith walked past, with both players shaking hands.

"This shows the importance of cricket, not just to India but for all the countries of the Commonwealth and I want to take this opportunity to thank the BCCI because it is they who would be conducting this training", she said.

"I've seen it a handful of times now in IPL and Big Bash where the ball rolls back on to the stumps, where the bails traditionally one of them will pop off. I think we are all hoping that history is going to repeat itself", said Ghanashyam, in her welcome message to the Indian team at her London residence on Friday evening.

"What's happened has happened. He's playing well for his side now". He's come back. He's worked hard.

"Australia won't be too disappointed as they have time to dissect this loss, fine tune their process, tinker with batting orders and bowling options and manoeuvre things around before the semi-finals come around", Waugh said.

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