Don't boo Warner and Smith: Langer

Australia batsmen David Warner Steve Smith coach Justin Langer and captain Aaron Finch talk during a warm-up session

Australia batsmen David Warner Steve Smith coach Justin Langer and captain Aaron Finch talk during a warm-up session

Steven Smith and David Warner are humans too.

David Warner led defending champions Australia to a seven-wicket win against Afghanistan at the start of their Cricket World Cup defence this morning.

"David is fine", Finch told a news conference on Friday (Saturday NZT), dispelling any concern about Warner's upper leg strain.

Earlier in 2018, former Australian team captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned from all forms of cricket for their alleged involvement in ball-tampering scandal during third test match against South Africa at Cape Town in past year.

Another sub-plot was the long-awaited returns to competitive Australia action for Warner and Steve Smith - the pair having served their respective bans for their roles in the sandpaper scandal of March 2018.

"They perform well in big games, it's been proven". Now for the real deal, albeit starting against the lowest-ranked and least experienced team in the tournament. But Warner gritted his way through a patchy first half to ensure he was there at the end, earning praise from his captain and opening partner. Smith, who was the premier batsman in test cricket before his suspension, should slot in at No 4.

Khawaja, the world's most prolific ODI batsman this year, won a selection battle with Shaun Marsh and scored 15 at No.3 before falling LBW to Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.

"Dave and I have had a great partnership over the years".

"We'll have a pretty good idea today".

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The booing at the warm-up game was a wake-up call for Australia after which Langer spoke to the duo.

"We've got some great options there and we'll sit down this afternoon and nut that out".

Afghanistan's National Cricket Team will face Australia in their first 2019 World Cup Cricket match in Bristol, England, on Saturday.

"And the other spot is probably [Nathan] Coulter-Nile, the third quick behind Cummins and [Mitchell] Starc, who are penned-in". In his place, Usman Khawaja opened the innings and played a match-winning knock of 89.

"Twelve months ago we came here and got beaten 5-0 by England". However, they faced booing from the crowd during the World Cup warm-up games.

Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey completed five dismissals in the innings - one short of Australia's World Cup record, set by Adam Gilchrist in 2003. But Finch has noted the vast improvement in the Afghanistan team, particularly the spin bowlers, since the last tournament.

"They made a mistake".

Smith was back in the action six balls later after a bad mix up between Mohammad Nabi and skipper Gulbadin Naib resulted in a run out.

Playing his first worldwide game post his one-year ban, Warner, who was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock said that although he was a bit nervous initially, once he got into the groove of things, it became easier.

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