Eoin Morgan will not follow Virat Kohli’s lead in paving the way for Steve Smith and David Warner’s rehabilitation into international cricket.
Whilst today’s clash will have genuine ramifications on England’s potential semi-final progression, much of the interest still surrounds the reception Smith and Warner will receive.
The duo recently made their return to the Australian setup following 12 month bans for their part if the now infamous Sandpapergate ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
England captain Morgan, however, sees no reason to aid the two Aussies’ redemption arc.
Speaking on Virat Kohli’s gesture that the Indian crowd should applaud Steve Smith, Morgan said: “I didn’t see that but when I heard about it I thought about it for quite a while,
“I thought about ‘would it help in the right way?’ and ‘is it right?’ – but it didn’t sit right with me.
“I think fans and supporters up and down the country will have different reactions, as they will around the world.
“Just because two guys have been punished, served their punishment and returned to play, it doesn’t mean they will be accepted back into the cricket community straight away. It will take time.”
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
England must defend a target of 399 to escape the series with a draw.
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.
England’s Test-match batting is broken. Time to get back to basics.
The WTC scoring system is stupid, but the fix is easy. Get it done.
The Badger lets off steam.